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Trans Woman Who Resisted Sexual Assault Burned to Death in Pakistan

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Pakistani activists protest violence against transgender people

The horrifying crime is one more example of the danger transgender people face in the nation.

A transgender woman in Pakistan has died after being set afire by four men when she resisted sexual assault.

The men had taken the woman to an isolated area in the city of Sahiwal, in the eastern part of the nation last Thursday, The Times of India reports. She fought back when they tried to assault her, and then they set her on fire. She suffered burns on 80 percent of her body and died while being transported to a hospital.

Local media misgendered her, but Trans Action Pakistan confirmed her female identity to the U.K.'s Pink News. Her name has not been released, and no one has claimed her body, according to the group. The attackers have apparently been identified, but it's unclear if they are in police custody.

Although Pakistan's Parliament passed a transgender rights bill this year and the nation has seen a surge in trans people running for office, transgender residents still face extreme danger. Just last month two men were arrested for the murder and dismemberment of a trans woman in Peshawar.

And in April a trans woman was beaten and shot to death by a group of men in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region in northern Pakistan. She was the 56th trans murder victim in the region in the past three years, Pink News reports. The region's Human Rights Directorate has ordered police departments in the area to share information on anti-trans violence daily, according to the Times. Throughout the nation, activists have held numerous protests against the violence.

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