KP to ensure welfare of transgenders: Ghani

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PESHAWAR: In the wake of transgender activist Alisha’s death in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani today announced that a comprehensive policy will be announced in the upcoming budget, for the welfare of transgender community.

The announcement came two days after Alisha, a 23-year-old transgender activist and coordinator of Trans Action Alliance who was shot six times by a gang, died after neglect and discrimination at the city’s Lady Reading Hospital.

According to reports, for an hour, while Alisha bled, doctors couldn’t decide whether to admit her to the men’s or women’s ward, according to Trans Action.

When they finally decided on the men’s ward, Trans Action protested, and had her shifted to the women’s ward, where other women apparently complained.

Doctors at the hospital however rejected the notion that there was any delay in the provision of treatment to Alisha.

Speaking to the reporters in Peshawar today, Mushtaq Ghani ensured that strict action will be taken if the hospital staff found guilty.

He announced that a comprehensive policy will also be introduced for security, residence and employment of transgender people.

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