Alesha Alesha

Pakistani trans-gender activist known as Alesha was shot eight times in Peshawar on the 25th of May 2016 during an altercation between a group of men and several trans-gender people.

The cause of the dispute was not immediately clear, but it is well known that Pakistani transgender people, many of whom are poor and work as dancers or in the sex trade, are frequently victims of violence and extortion, receiving little protection from the authorities.

Alesha had worked as a coordinator for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Trans Action Alliance, an advocacy organisation in Pakistan’s north-western province, and was the fifth member of the group to be attacked in the first six months of 2016.

The group claims that it is being targeted by an organised criminal gang, which extorts money from the trans-gender community and has even forced members to make pornographic films.

Trans-gender women, known as hijas, are considered good luck in Pakistan and often paid to dance and perform at weddings, but also face discrimination and violence in the conservative Muslim country.

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Department/Province/State:Khyber Pakhtunkhwa



Date of Killing:25/05/2016

Previous Threats:Yes

Gender component to killing:Evidence of gender-based and/or sexual violence

Type of Work:Social protester

Organisation:TransAction Alliance Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights

Sector Detail:Freedom of Expression, LGBTI, Minority Rights, Sexual and Reproductive Rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

1This database records an individual's chosen gender identity. If they do not self-identify as male or female they can use the option of recording other/neither or use the term NBGI (non binary gender identity).