This past week, reports out of Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan have surfaced that a group of women were attacked at gunpoint after a wedding. The women, who happen to be transgender, were allegedly hired to perform at the ceremony, after which the abuse took place. According to local police, the assailants have been identified and are currently facing arrest.
A graphic cellphone video that has been circulating on Twitter shows a group of at least three women being verbally, physically, and sexually assaulted by a group of men brandishing an AK-47 in what appears to be a basement. The incident took place on July 28, and has been met with outrage from people online. According to local police, the assailants have been identified.
Central Police Officer (CPO), Rawalpindi Muhammad Ahsan Younis, issued a statement saying that police teams have been dispatched to probe further into the case. He also tweeted from the Rawalpindi Police Department’s official account support for transgender rights and condemned their abusers:
“The person seen in the video has been identified and teams have been formed to arrest him. The protection of transgender rights will be ensured from the platform of the protection center in all cases. Those who abuse the deprived sections of society and humiliate humanity do not deserve any concessions. CPO”
There have not been any updates as of today (August 4) on how the women are doing. We here at Muslim/Muslim Girl wish them peace and healing while recovering from this terrible incident.