PAKISTAN: MURDERER OF TRANSGENDER PERSON GETS DEATH PENALTY
July 24, 2019:
The killer of a transgender person was sentenced to death by district and session court in Peshawar on 22 July 2019. The judgment was announced by Judge Saadia Andaleeb in the murder case of Alisha, who was brutally gunned down by Fazal Dayan Alias Fazal Gujar in May 2016. (Sources: tnn.com.pk, 22/07/2019)
The judgment was granted on the bases of dying statement of the deceased to the police in the hospital before her death. Another accused in the case, Rahmat Ullah, was set free as police could not present any evidence of his involvement in the murder case.
The case was followed in the court by the head of TransAlliance Farzan Jan through her lawyer Gul Rahman. Taimur Kamal, a civil society activist in Peshawar told TNN that for the first time, the killer of a transgender person is sentenced to death by the court. He expressed satisfaction over the judgment and said that strict punishment will be helpful in countering the increasing crime against transgender in the country.