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Gang beat up and shave trans womans hair off in humiliating attack

Shakeela was kidnapped and attacked by a gang in Pakistan

Shakeela was kidnapped and attacked by a gang in Pakistan

A kidnap gang tortured and shaved a transgender womans head after she refused to pay them extortion money, activists have claimed.

Shakeela, 27, was allegedly taken during the first day of Eid last week and held against her will for three hours.

She says she was threatened with further violence if she did not pay the gang one million rupees (£5,200).

Shakeela has come forward with Pakistans Trans Action support group to put pressure on local police to investigate the attack.

Pakistan is a deeply religious conservative country and homosexuality is illegal, but last year new laws were introduced letting people self-identify their gender on official documents.

Despite the recent progression, Farzana Jan, the president of Trans Action, told Metro.co.uk that transgender women are at the mercy of gangs in the northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Picture: Trans Action Trans woman attacked

President of Trans Action Farzana Jan (left) speaks at a press conference on Monday along with Shakeela (centre)

Shakeela before the attack

Shakeela was allegedly ordered to pay a gang extortion money just to work in Pakistan

Farzana, who was the first Pakistani to have a gender-neutral X passport, says 64 transgender people have been killed in the province since 2015, while more than 600 have been tortured.

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She told Metro.co.uk: There is an organised group of criminal gangs who specifically target the transgender community because they are more vulnerable.

Theyre involved not only in the sexual exploitation of the transgender community but they extort money from them.

They are seen as weak and easy targets.

Farzana said Shakeela, who works as a dancer in the city of Mardan, had paid the gang twice before.

She said: Initially she paid 40,000 rupees and then 50,000 rupees.

Picture: Trans Action Trans woman attacked

Shakeelas hair was shaved off by the kidnappers who held her against her will, activists say

Picture: Trans Action Trans woman attacked

She was allegedly kidnapped last week on the first day of Eid in Pakistan

Its a kind of safety money which you pay and you can work and dance in the area.

Now they have demanded a huge amount. Theyve asked for one million Pakistani rupees.

Its impossible for Shakeela to pay this money.

Farzana said attacks like these are not new, adding: This is happening throughout KhybeRead More – Source

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