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Pakistan: Animated Video on Transgender
ANJAN KUMAR SAMAL | 19 Oct 2016

The Asian Human Rights Commission, in its work to enhance outreach and awareness on human rights abuse, has issued third animated video on transgender.

In a conservative society like Pakistan, being a trans-person is deemed a crime. The transgender community is treated as outcastes having no identity or rights. Like other marginalized factions of the society, the transgender suffer discrimination and injustice at the hands of the influential and are forced to live on the margins as entertainers, beggars or sex workers.

There are estimated 500,000 'third-gender' citizens in Pakistan;
yet these transgender persons, literally, have no rights in the
country. In 2009, the Pakistan Supreme Court ruled in favor of a group
of transvestites. The landmark ruling stated that, as citizens, they
were entitled to the equal benefit and protection of the law,
including the right to inheritance and vote, and called upon the
government to take steps to protect transvestites from discrimination
and harassment.

However, while their rights are guaranteed on paper only, members of
the transgender community do not have these rights in practice.
Peshawar being the most conservative and orthodox of all the four
provinces, reportedly has the highest number of violence cases against
the transgender.

Many transgender activists are targeted for daring to speak out
against the atrocities meted out to them on a regular basis. Recently,
trans women activist and focal person in Mardan, KPK province for
Trans action Alliance, Bubli Khan, was threatened with death if she
refused sex. Filing a complaint with the Mardan Police has borne no
results, and Bubli is living under the constant fear of being
kidnapped and killed. Please see the full video