Acid thrown at a transgender in Pakistan

Islamabad : According to police, Kinza, 23, a transgender, was waiting for an auto rickshaw alongside a road in Race Course area of the city on Wednesday when Hamza Salim appeared on a motorbike there and threw acid on her and fled from the scene. Kinza was rushed to the Services Hospital where she was treated for her burns on face and arms. Her condition was stated to be stable. Hina, Kinza’s friend, told reporters at the hospital that suspect Hamza wanted to develop relations with her. On her refusal, the suspect turned hostile and hurled life threats to her. She requested the Punjab chief minister to provide security to Kinza as Hamza led a gang that harassed the transgenders in the city. Police claimed to have arrested the suspect and registered a case against him and three other accomplices. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Ataullah Tarar met the acid attack victim in hospital and congratulated the police for nabbing the culprit and asserted that there is zero tolerance for such acts.