On Tuesday, two transgenders, natives of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tortured to death by Saudi police in Riyadh for dressing up like women in public.
Thirty-five transgender people were arrested by a law enforcement agency for cross-dressing, which is a punishable offence in the kingdom.
The Saudi police raided a guest house where a ‘Guru Chela Chalan’ gathering, a formal meeting of Khuwaja Sara in which they choose their Guru (leader) and Chelas (Students), was taking place.
Amna, 35, who belonged to the Mingora area of Swat and Meeno, 26, who was from Peshawar died in police custody.They both were packed in sacks and beaten by sticks in prison.
Women’s clothing and jewellery were also recovered from the rest house according to Colonel Fawaz bin Jameel alMaiman, the police spokesman.
Qamar Naseem, a transgender rights activist stated “Majority of the arrested, belong to K-P and the others from other cities of Pakistan. Torturing humans after throwing them into bags and beating them with sticks is inhumane.”
At least 11 were released later after paying a fine of 150,000 riyals, 22 are still in police custody, Naseem added.
He also said that ”No one is there to save them as the life of a transgender is not of any value to anyone, not even for our own government.”
Farzana, a transgender person said to the reporters that” kingdom would not even allow a transgender person to perform Hajj or Umrah and The ‘Kabbah’ is not their property — it is god’s property and every Muslim has a right to visit.”
In 2016, local media reported that the Saudi consul-general in Islamabad, in a notification issued to the Travel Agents Association of Pakistan (TAAP), warned against granting visas to transgender persons for Umrah pilgrimage.