TDoR 2021 / 2021 / February / 09 / Zaini


9 Feb 2021
Gujranwala, Punjab (Pakistan)


Zaini and Sanam were both killed by armed assailants who invaded their home as they were preparing to leave for a function.

Two suspects identified as Sajeel and Usman were arrested two days later.

GUJRANWALA: Two transgender persons were allegedly shot dead by unidentified assailants in Gujranwala on Wednesday.

Police said that the victims identified as Shehzad alias Sanam and Zain alias Zaini were in their home in Madukhalil area. They were preparing to leave for a function when unidentified motorcyclists entered the house and shot them. As a result of the incident, both the victims died on the spot.

The murder took place within the jurisdiction of Ladhiwala Waraich police station.

After the victims died, protests were held by the transgender community against the killing of [Sanam] and [Zaini]. The protestors gathered outside CPO office and in GT Road where they held demonstrations against violence and also chanted slogans. The protestors demand for immediate arrest of the alleged killers.

Sources added that members of the transgender community rallied from Lahori Darwaza to the CPO's office against the killing. The protesters chanted slogans and staged protest in GT Road while beating their chests and demanding the arrest of the killers.

The murders of Sanam and Zaini were not recorded on the TDoR 2021 memorial list released by Transgender Europe (TGEU) in November 2021.

Report added: 20 Dec 2021. Last updated: 25 Dec 2021

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