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Transgender shot and injured in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: A transgender was shot and injured on Saturday in the limits of the Pishtakhara police station of the provincial capital.

Police identified the victim as Deedar, resident of Bara Shakhain. The injured transgender was shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH).

Doctors at the hospital said her life is not in danger.

“She was shot in the arm, we provided initial treatment in the emergency department and later shifted her to the surgical ward,” said a senior doctor at the emergency department of KTH.

A large crowd of transgenders gathered at KTH following the incident.

Deedar told DawnNews that she was visiting the house of her alleged attacker, Shahid, for her money which was loaned to him when she was attacked.

She added that she had lent Shahid more than Rs100,000 two months ago, which he had promised to return in a month.

The transgender alleged that Shahid not only refused to return the loan, but also subjected her to torture.

“Today, when I reached his home for my money, Shahid not only misbehaved but also dragged me out and shot at me,” said Deedar.

The president of Shemale Association of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Farzana, demanded protection for her community and added that they felt insecure.

After recording Deedar’s initiation statement, police raided a house in the Pishtakhara area and arrested Shahid.

This is the sixth reported case of violence against trans people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year.

Earlier this year, transgender Alisha who was shot eight times allegedly by a disgruntled customer succumbed to her wounds at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital (LRH).

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