The difference between ISIS and our “ally” Saudi Arabia remains paper thin.
Two transgender Pakistanis were reportedly packed into sacks and thrashed to death with sticks by police in Saudi Arabia. The pair from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, were arrested in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for cross-dressing in public.
It is a punishable offence in the kingdom for a man to imitate a woman and officers arrested 35 people in a raid on a guest house.
Police recovered women’s clothing and jewellery and took those arrested into custody.
It was here that Amna, 35, and Meeno, 26, are said to have been beaten to death while under police surveillance in prison.
Colonel Fawaz bin Jameel al-Maiman, the police’s media spokesperson in Riyadh, told The Tribune: ‘The majority of the arrested are from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the others from other cities of Pakistan.’
A transgender rights activist said only 11 of the 35 had been released after paying a fine of 150,000 riyals, meaning 22 are still in custody. Qamar Naseem said: ‘Torturing humans after throwing them into bags and beating them with sticks is inhumane.’