Not only has the K-P government failed to protect its transgender citizens, it has also failed to hold perpetrators accountable. When activists have sought police protection and medical treatment following these attacks, hospital staff and police failed to assist victims and pursue justice, because of widespread prejudice. For example, in August 2016, after assailants shot a transgender woman three times in the abdomen when she resisted abduction and rape, the district hospital refused to admit her, saying they only have male and female wards, and she died while waiting. According to transgender rights groups, on occasions the police have taken transgender women to the police station, taunted them, forcibly removed their clothing, ordered them to dance, and poured cold water on them when they refused. When they complained, they were subjected to further abuse.
Pakistani law includes provisions to protect the rights of transgender people. In 2009, Pakistan’s Supreme Court, like other courts in South Asia, called on all provincial governments to recognize the rights of transgender people. The judgment specifically called for improved police responses to cases involving transgender people, and to ensure the rights of transgender people. The K-P parliament has also pledged to uphold some rights for this marginalized population, including voting.
The K-P authorities should undertake prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations into the recent attacks on transgender people in the province and prosecute those responsible. The provincial government should end surveillance, intimidation, and harassment of transgender people by the local authorities.