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Transgenders attack another police station this time in Karachi: Video surfaced on social media

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: A video circulating on social media is showing several transgenders storming a police station in Karachi. They attacked the Chakiwara police station in Lyari, Karachi.

The source of video could not be confirmed so far, which purportedly depicted individuals damaging the police station.

The incident occurred on February 27 following a heated exchange between shopkeepers and transgender individuals.

Police said that an agreement was reached between the transgenders and the shopkeeper after the latter apologized for his misbehavior with transgenders.

In a separate incident, many transgenders attacked a police station in Khanewal as policemen tortured and abused a couple of transgenders. The video of transgenders hitting a cop and showing their bodily injuries went viral on social media.

Meanwhile, in another incident earlier this month, at least 27 transgender individuals were booked for allegedly vandalizing the Kharian police station.

The incidents of police torture on transgenders are frequently surfacing, leading to a backlash from their community members, causing an uproar on the social media and among the general public.

It shows there is no respect for law in police while dealing with transgenders in Pakistan.

Kharian incident

Meanwhile, a tumultuous scene unfolded at a police station in Kharian as a group of transgender individuals protested against alleged police brutality targeting members of their community. The incident ignited when police officers halted and conducted a search on Hina, a transgender woman, and her male companion in Kharian.

A heated exchange ensued, escalating into a verbal altercation, leading to the detention of Hina and her companion by the officers. Subsequently, they were reportedly subjected to physical assault before being released at the police station.

In retaliation, a gathering of transgender individuals assembled at the police station, engaging in acts of vandalism and forcibly seizing items from the premises. Videos capturing the protesters dragging objects out of the police station swiftly circulated on various social media platforms.

The demonstration intensified as the protesters blocked the GT Road in protest, prompting law enforcement to intervene using baton charges to disperse the crowd.

Following the incident, SHO Bilal Shah confirmed that the DPO of Gujrat had taken action by suspending the police officers accused of mistreating transgender individuals. The episode underscores the persistent challenges faced by marginalized communities in accessing justice and highlights the urgency of addressing discrimination and violence against transgender individuals in society.

Such incidents emphasize the critical need for law enforcement agencies to uphold the rights and dignity of all citizens, irrespective of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

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