Following a press conference and protest by the She-male Association on Tuesday against beating and humiliation of two of their members, Sufi Moeen, the ASWJ Muzaffargarh district president, held a press conference on Wednesday demanding the police arrest the association’s members.
Two eunuchs had registered an FIR against a landlord and his men in Mailsi for trying to rape them and shaving their heads on Monday night. They said they were having a birthday party, when the men broke into their house and victimised them.
Sufi Moeen said that the eunuchs were “involved in shameful acts” and the men had gone to stop them.
He alleged that what the She-male Association called a birthday party was a mehndi celebration of eunuch and a landlord. He said several residents of the area had complained about their “activities”.
He also demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take a suo motu notice of “such shameful activities”.
She-male Association Punjab chairperson Shahana Shani denied the allegation and said that they had taken permission from the District Coordination Officer Tahir Khursheed for the birthday ceremony. She said rituals like ubtan, mehndi and dances were a part of their community’s traditions at birthday parties. Some Jamaat-i-Islami members also demanded action against the She-male Association.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2012.