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Transgender Activist Who Was Shot Multiple Times in Peshawar Passes Away

Alesha was kept waiting for treatment for over an hour at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar as hospital authorities could not decide which ward to put her in.

Alesha, who was shot 8 times, in hospital. Credit: Trans Action Khyber Pakhtunkhwa/Facebook

Alesha, who was shot multiple times, in hospital. Credit: Trans Action Khyber Pakhtunkhwa/Facebook

Alesha, a transgender activist who was shot multiple times in Peshawar on the night of May 22, has succumbed to her injuries.

The news of Alesha’s demise was announced by her colleagues at Trans Action Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the organisation’s Facebook page, which they had been using to announce updates about her condition since she was shot.

After she was shot, Alesha was brought to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar in a critically injured state. Reports say that doctors kept her waiting for treatment for over an hour as they could not decide which ward to put her in – male or female.

An Express Tribune report says: “Despite several requests to move her to the female ward, the injured was shifted to the male ward, triggering a protest from the transgender community and her relatives, a post on the association’s Facebook page read.”

As her colleagues were waiting, they were allegedly taunted by hospital staff. One of them wrote on Facebook: “A doctor wants to know how much I charge for dance for a night and another health technician wants to know if I only dance or also perform sex.”

Subsequently, she underwent hospital procedures to staunch heavy bleeding, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Alesha’s colleagues believe that she was shot by a criminal gang that extorts money from transgender people.

A similar incident occurred in India in June 2014, when a transgender person died following an accident as doctors could not decide which ward to use for treatment, according to reports.