In Saudi Arabia, if you are transgender, it is not only illegal but sometimes punishable by death.
Two transgender Pakistanis were arrested in Riyadh for cross-dressing in public where it is against the law for a man to imitate a woman.
While in police custody, the two men, described only as 35-year-old Amna and his friend, 26-year-old Meeno, were stuffed into sacks and beaten to death with sticks.
According to The Tribune, “Thirty-five transgender people were also arrested by a law enforcement agency for cross-dressing, which is a punishable offense in the kingdom. A rest house was raided where a ‘Guru Chela Chalan’ gathering, a formal meeting of Khuwaja Sara in which they choose their Guru (leader) and Chelas (Students), was taking place.”
Colonel Fawaz bin Jameel al-Maiman, the police’s media spokesperson in Riyadh, said, ‘The majority of the arrested are from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the others from other cities of Pakistan.”
A transgender rights activist, Qamar Naseem said “Only 11 of the 35 had been released after paying a fine of 150,000 riyals, meaning 22 are still in custody,” adding, “Torturing humans after throwing them into bags and beating them with sticks is inhumane. The suffering ended for these two after being physically tortured. However, the rest are still languishing in Saudi jails. No one is there to save them as the life of a transgender is not of any value to anyone, not even for our own government.’
H/T: Daily Mail
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