CJP ensures transgenders are treated equally

February 11, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of the complaint that transgenders were being pressurized by police to leave Mardan.

A non-governmental organization (NGO) “Vision Pakistan” submitted an application on behalf of transgenders alleging that Mardan police has raiding at the houses of transgenders and harassing them to leave Mardan district.

They are also allegedly pressing the landlords who have rented their premises to transgenders for abode to get their places vacated and Police had got their houses locked with their personal belongings forcing them to find some other place to reside outside District Mardan, where after they may come to collect their belongings.

Reportedly police was acting under the pressure of elements that are not prepared to treat transgenders as human beings and were pressurizing to force them out from Mardan.

The CJP has directed District and Sessions Judge, Mardan to take up the matter and to apprise Supreme Court about the position.

Complainant transgender Alisha and Sidra appeared before District Judge in person along with representative of the NGO. SP Operation Mardan was also summoned who also put his appearance before court.

Statement was given by police that transgenders will not be harassed or pressurized in any manner and full protection will be provided to them. That any notice given by the local police to their landlords will be withdrawn by the police and they will be asked not to eject them without due course of law.

In view of such assurance given by the local police and on satisfaction of complainant transgenders Alishah and Sidra, the matter was disposed of, clarifying that  in  case of any violation in future by police or the landlords they can again bring the matter in the notice of  the court. NNI