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- Trans-phobia In Pakistan (A heart-wrenching tale of Alisha) - May 25, 2016
Humans are messed up specie, these thoughts usually run in my mind but since last two days they are haunting me more because I am very angry and also frustrated at how humans can care so much about a TV series character dying tragically than a real human fighting for her life.
Hodor is trending but Alisha is not even getting the well deserved support and coverage. Isn’t it so ironic?
Alisha, who was a Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa Trans Action Alliance’s coordinator, was shot two days ago in Peshawar and when she was taken to Hospital no proper care was provided. Instead of treating a critically injured patient the staff was debating over which ward to admit her in whether male or female ward? The helpless friends and family had been protesting then onwards on social media and did gather some support to forcefully get her treated but she had to be admitted into a private room after being transferred in that state from various wards for one whole day in that critical state.
The update from yesterday night on the page of K-P Trans Action Alliance was that Alisha had been rushed to ICU and is under critical condition. But I woke up to the dreadful news this morning that she lost her fight and passed away. From that moment onwards I have been feeling depressed and I have this rage that I don’t know who to pour onto.
My heart goes out to the friends and family of Alisha and I hope she rests in peace.
And this does leave us with a bucket full of questions. That when will the Government take notice of this? Will the main stream media give it proper coverage or just pass over it like it never happened? Is Trans community not worthy of their well deserved rights? Should we really treat people according to their gender and sexuality?
Have you ever thought that we Pakistanis grieve more on what happens in Syria, Palestine and France than what is really plaguing our society? Youth of Pakistan is not even properly reacting to it, the ones who are always glued to their phones and following trends. Why is Hodor’s tragedy more alarming and heartrending than Alisha’s struggle to achieve proper status as a citizen of Pakistan?
I know that this grave loss won’t put enough pressure on our whole system which is very lethargic and unconcerned with the matter. But then at the same time I really hope change comes, because everyone deserves basic human rights regardless of their sexuality.