Transgender activist who helped organize climate march kidnapped and raped in Pakistan

A Pakistani transgender person, who is an active organizer of a movement to end the demolition of working-class settlements and markets in Karachi, was reportedly tortured and sexually assaulted a day before a climate march that took place. is held here.

The organizers of the “People’s March for the Climate” which took place under the banner of Karachi Bachao Tehreek (KBT) in the city on Sunday, said in a statement that one of their organizers, a transgender person, had been tortured and sexually assaulted on Saturday by some people who sought to “extract” information about the walk.

The incident happened when the transgender activist was returning home to Nazimabad after attending an organizational meeting and was arrested and held hostage for three hours. The victim was tortured and assaulted before being released.

” We organized a popular climate march in Karachi. The day before our demonstration, we held an organizational meeting. One of our organizers, a trans woman, was abducted on her way home. She was tortured and raped, ” the KBT said in a tweet.

The KBT suggested that the police were involved in violence against the transgender person.

Shahzadi Rai, “head of violence cases” at the Gender Interactive Alliance (GIA), told media that the KBT activist was “terrified and seemed reluctant to press charges.”

Shahzadi, who handles cases of torture against the transgender community, said suspects questioned the captive activist about the details of the march’s schedule and speakers.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah learned of the incident and ordered the Inspector General of Police to investigate the case and submit a report to him, according to a tweet from his office. .

The Human Rights Ministry also took note of the incident, saying its transgender rights expert was in contact with the victim’s guardian.

“Our transgender rights expert, Reem, has been in contact with those concerned, including the victim’s guardian and our ministry will contact the Sindh government to ensure his protection,” he said in a tweet.

According to the Dawn newspaper, dozens of People’s Climate March participants held a rally near the Karachi boat dock on Sunday evening to draw authorities’ attention to the adverse effects of climate change, especially the perceived environmental disaster. which is taking place in Malir and nearby areas allegedly due to the cutting of trees and destruction of farmland to pave the way for housing megaprojects.

Activists from a dozen political parties and civil society organizations arrived near Clifton Beach and tried to march towards Bilawal House, but police officials prevented them from going any further, according to the organizers and witnesses, according to the statement.

Protesters including men, women and children chanted slogans against the city of Bahria Karachi, DHA Karachi, the occupation of residents’ land, the construction of the Malir highway, the destruction of farmland in Malir and Gadap, the demolition of houses located on Gujjar and Orangi Nullahs, and other matters, according to the report.

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