Transgender activist murdered in Peshawar

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Alesha, a member of the Trans Action Board and the district coordinator of the transgender Peshawar provincial alliance,  died from gunshot wounds on  Wednesday in Peshawar hospital after inordinate and deliberate delays in medical care that exposed the discrimination faced by the transgender community in Pakistan.

Alesha was shot six times on Sunday night. She was  rushed to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar where she  was kept  waiting for medical officials to decide to admit her to the male or female ward. She was then moved into the male ward, triggering a protest from the transgender community.

The association claims an organized criminal gang that extorts money from the transgender community was behind the attack on Alesha. According to LA Times report, at least five transgender activists have been attacked in recent months in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. All the victims, including Alesha, were members of Trans Action, an advocacy group. – CINEWS

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