Pakistan’s transgender community, known as “khawajasiras” or “hijras”, are now fighting for change. Usually shunned by their families, the victims of beatings and rapes, they are often condemned to a life of begging or prostitution. The situation is complicated by the deeply conservative, traditional Muslim country’s views of sex and sexuality. The law only permits heterosexual relationships within marriage. Sexual relations outside marriage are punishable by imprisonment.
February 20 / Telangana Today