10 Sep 2020
Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan)
Saeeda was shot by her 13 year-old brother after she returned from dancing at a wedding.
A transsexual woman has been shot and killed by her 13-year-old brother in the latest episode of violence against the transgender community in Pakistan.
Local police officer Muhammad Fahim said the woman was killed on September 10 in Swabi, a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwestern Pakistan. According to Fahim, she was returning from performing at a dance party in Rawalpindi, a city south of Islamabad, when her brother, Muhammad Hammad, opened fire and killed her.
Hammad has been arrested and is being detained by the police, who have been reported saying both that Hammad claimed that he had killed his sister because he was angry with her for performing at parties, and that "the incident was not a targeted murder." The body of the victim has been taken to Bacha Khan Medical Complex, Shahmansoor and there will be an autopsy. The police have promised a full investigation into his death and have offered security guarantees to other trans women in the region.
Two days earlier Gul Pandra had been shot and killed in the same province.