Pakistan arrests 10 for flogging transgender woman

The alleged criminal gang recorded the act and posted the viodeo on social media

Pakistan arrests 10 for flogging transgender woman

Pakistani police officers stand guard outside a police training center | Image: Arshad Butt AP/Press Association Images

Pakistani police made 10 arrests within an alleged criminal gang following the flogging of a transgender woman. 

Polices made the arrests after a video of the attack was circulated on social media thousands of times, police official Iqbal Sindhu said.

The video shows the gang leader pinning the woman face down on a bed with his foot and beating her with what appears to be a leather belt. At one point, while another gang member continues the flogging, the leader places his foot on the victim's neck and twists her arms.

Five of the men arrested have been charged with torture and extortion, while the other five alleged gang members are under investigation.

The alleged gang leader, who identified himself as Jajja, told Dunya News that he was friends with the victim.

"I was punishing him because he didn't refrain from his bad habits, which I pointed out to him several times," he said in an interview conducted while he was in police custody.

Transgender people in Pakistan are considered social outcasts, with most changing their name or only going by one name. 

TransAction, a local transgender rights group, posted a video interview with another transgender woman who identified herself as Jolie and said she was present when the attack took place.

She said the gang members barged into a house where several transgender women were living, beating and torturing one of them for several hours and shaving the heads of others.

Sindhu, the police official, confirmed Jolie was present at the scene.