Trans community confront police for taking their sound systems

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01/04/2019

Trans women in a small Pakistani city have accused police of illegally confiscating their sound system. Dancing at weddings and other special occasions is often the only way trans women can earn an income in Pakistan. The community often face discrimination by employers. The women in Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan) argued taking away their sound system has prevented them making money.  Speaking at a media conference, Laila, the head of trans advocacy in DI Khan asked police to return the sound systems. ‘If they (Government) cannot provide us jobs, they have also no right to snatch our source of income from us,’ Laila said, according to a statement on Facebook. ‘We will abandon dance performances if the government provides us decent jobs.’

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