Transgender activist shot eight times, dies

May 25, 2016


PESHAWAR: A transgender activist, who was shot multiple times in Peshawar earlier this week, succumbed to her injuries Wednesday morning.

Alesha was the Peshawar district coordinator at TransAction Alliance Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, an initiative of Blue Veins working towards safeguarding rights of the transgender community. The activist had received eight bullet wounds and was shot at point blank near Asia Plaza, a member of the group told Samaa.

Following the attack, Alesha was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital. However, the hospital authorities could not decide where to place her, thereby delaying the urgent medical care she needed.

The matter came under the notice of Khyber Pakhtunkha Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, who visited Alesha at the hospital on Monday and directed the hospital authorities to place her in a private room. However, Alesha’s condition continued to deteriorate, killing her eventually.

Qamar Naseem, the programme coordinator at Blue Veins, said the LRH authorities are to blame for Alesha’s death as they “failed to provide her with urgent care or necessary facilities because she was transgender.” According to Naseem, she was not admitted to ICU even though her condition was critical.

An FIR of the incident was registered at Faqirabad police station. Police have arrested the relatives of those accused in the FIR. However, the actual accused continue to remain at large. Further investigations are underway.

The organization members are constantly receiving threats. “We have eyewitnesses as well as proof of the accused admitting to the crime,” Naseem said, adding the organization will soon present these to the police so that further action can be taken.

This was the third time Alesha was attacked, and the fifth time a board member came under fire from members of the same gang. – SAMAA

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