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IN LGBT ON 20 Sep, 2016
Defamed, abused, and Brutally Raped Pakistani Transgender Julie files a case in the Pakistan court to put her rapist behind the bars.
"I am supposed to be okay after everything because they tell me this is what I was made for." - Julie
After a long time, it is seen that someone challenged Pakistani government face to face. This person is not a man nor woman, we are talking about Julie who is fighting against ridiculing the people of her community for physical satisfaction.
"I refuse to accept that I am made for abuse and rape." - Julie
After Julie was brutally raped and abused, she is fighting for her rights. She's also representing her transgender community or third gender in the Pakistan court.
Pakistani Transgender Julie forced the Pakistani government to take legal actions, and she even filed a case in the court under section 377.
Growing up in a male dominant society was a big task for Julie.
It is a tradition that Hijras celebrate and dance on the occasion of a newborn baby and a new marriage according to the Pakistani culture.
It makes them feel respected at times, but the reality of gender equality is far away from this.
Julie said that often because of our crossdressing and unmatched looks people fear us.
We (transgenders) are not allowed to enter school or to work as a full-time professional. Hence, we work as dancer and sex worker to survive our daily needs.
"We have been told that we will be attacked by acid, mutilated and our bodies will be made a warning for anyone who wishes to take a stand against the rape and abuse that goes on unchecked in the transgender community."
According to the reports, Pakistan's colonial-era penal code doesn't even consider transgenders rape. There's no particular law for the transgender victims of abuse.
Uzma Yaqoob stated that Julie is a leader, I see her as someone standing up and not letting her community pressure the impact of her resolve.
She added further that this could bring the transgenders from all around the world together.
Julie was told to settle for monetary compensation while she was there for medical treatment, but she refused and said "I am not settling for anything else. I need strict rights for the transgender community."
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