TDoR 2022 / 2022 / March / 18 / Mano


18 Mar 2022
Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan)

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Mano [photo:]

Mano was shot dead by her ex-partner after he became violent during an argument.

PESHAWAR: A man shot dead a transgender person in Jangi Mohallah area in the limits of Khan Raziq police station here on Friday.

It was the third such incident of targeting transgender persons in the province in less than a week.

A police official told Dawn that the slain transgender person identified as Mano was friends with a local identified as Sanaullah.

He said that Sanaullah got married sometime back and Mano was not happy over [her] friend’s marriage and would quarrel with him. He said that on Friday Sanaullah allegedly shot dead Mano after an argument and fled the scene.

Police have registered an FIR against the suspect.

Subsequently it emerged that Sanaullah had shot Mano dead after she asked him to repay money he had borrowed from her. She was buried by her community after her birth family refused to accept her body.

For many days before her death, Mano, a trans woman from Peshawar, had been fretting about her expenses. Weddings were a major source of income for her and she was worried that, with the onset of Ramazan, she wouldn’t be making any money for about a month.

She had a way out, but it was a difficult one. A man she had previously been romantically involved with had borrowed a sum of over Rs800,000 from her: if she could get it back, she wouldn’t have to worry about money for the foreseeable future.

She decided to give it a try.

Last Friday afternoon, Mano made her way to a printing press in Peshawar’s Mohallah Jangi area, next to the historic Qissa Khwani Bazaar. This press was owned by Sanaullah, her former acquaintance. She approached him and explained her predicament; why she wanted her money back. He turned her down and told her to get lost, but she made it clear she wasn’t going to leave without the money she was owed. Enraged at her persistence, Sanaullah shot her dead. He escaped through the labyrinthine streets of the area.

Mano’s family, which hails from the Batkhela area of Malakand, refused to even accept her body, leaving it to the local transgender community to arrange her last rites. Arzoo Khan, president of the Transgender Association KP, told Dawn that Mano’s family refused to take part in her burial, saying they wanted nothing to do with her either in life or in death.

“We had to arrange people to bathe her body. Our neighbours shouldered her coffin to the graveyard where she was laid to rest.”

Report added: 20 Mar 2022. Last updated: 8 Nov 2022

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