Karachi: After surviving death threats, transslaughter of phobias and sexual harassment in college, Pakistan’s first trance Police officer Reem Sharif is now protecting others trans people from abuse.
In him first two months as a trans victims Supporting officer, Sharif helps 16 trans people in Rawalpindi in Punjab, Pakistan most populous province, and receives around 40 trans visitors who come to the station “out of curiosity”.
“One day we got a call from A trans the woman whose brothers threatened to kill her. I went and persuaded them to accept that what they thought was their sister was always a sister, “said Sharif, 32 years old.
“In another case, a tenant was evicted from his house for being a person trans people and I can stop it, “he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Trans people make legal gains in Pakistan, recognized as the third sex since 2009 and counted for first time in 2017 – the census recorded 10,418 trans people in a country of 207 million, although charities place that number close to 500,000.
But misunderstanding, harassment and discrimination are still rife, according to many activists trans people – whose gender identities do not match their gender at birth – are denied employment, education and health care and are driven out by their families.
Pakistani society is largely conservative, with women often living in exile at home. Gay sex is widely considered immoral and un-Islamic and can be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Sharif’s abuse on campus – which he described as “the worst years of my life” – made him depressed and unhealthy and he had to complete his international relations degree online.
He has also struggled to win acceptance from his family.
“For my brothers and sisters, I have always been a source of humiliation,” said Sharif, the youngest of five siblings.
“One of them told me that he would have problems marrying off his children if people found out about me. I was very hurt but I said they did not need to tell anyone about my whereabouts; however we live in a different city and I support myself. “
Sharif said people take him “more seriously” now because he works at the Tahafuz center, the firsta pilot project of its kind by the Rawalpindi Police to protect transgender people, which began operating on May 12.
He believes that he can have a positive impact on the police, who often harass beggars and sex workers for bribes – the only job available to many trans people.
“The police … treat (trans people) with disgust and disgust because they also belong to the same community and have the same mindset as the others, “Sharif said.
By resolving disputes and providing support to victimIn Rawalpindi every day, he also proves that trans people can take a leadership role.
“Unless if (trans “people) have a role model to follow, they will continue the same steps from their predecessors who survived by begging, dancing or doing sex work,” he said.
“But when they see a transfemale women or television anchors or lawyers, they will realize that they can dream and aspire to reach for the stars. “
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