A transgender woman in Pakistan has died after being set afire by four men when she resisted sexual assault. The men had taken the woman to an isolated area in the city of Sahiwal, in the eastern part of the nation last Thursday, The Times of India reports. She fought back when they tried to assault her, and then they set her on fire. She suffered burns on 80 percent of her body and died while being transported to a hospital. Local media misgendered her, but Trans Action Pakistan confirmed her female identity to the U.K.’s Pink News. Her name has not been released, and no one has claimed her body, according to the group. The attackers have apparently been identified, but it’s unclear if they are in police custody.
For transgender Americans, 2018 has been marked by series of advancements and setbacks. The steps forward have included numerous legislative actions and court rulings buttressing civil rights and a victory by a transgender candidate in Vermont's Democratic gubernatorial primary. The steps back have included the Trump administration rolling back protections, and anti-transgender vitriol that caused an Oklahoma town's schools to be closed for two days in August after adults made threatening comments on Facebook about a 12-year-old transgender student's use of a girls' bathroom. And the coming weeks may be even more unsettling, ahead of the first-ever statewide vote on whether anti-discrimination protections should extend to transgender people.