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Pakistani Man Arrested in Murder of Transgender Daughter

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The trans woman was found dead along a riverbank with multiple gunshot wounds.

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A man in Pakistan has been arrested in connection with the murder of his transgender daughter.

The 19-year-old woman, named Maya, had left her hometown of Nowshera for the larger city of Peshawar, where she was living with friends, U.K. newspaper The Independent reports. Her family went to Peshawar Saturday to try to bring her home. Her friends called police to try to stop the family's action, but the police allowed Maya's relatives to take her with them.

A few hours later, she was found dead on a riverbank. She had been shot several times.

"Honor killings" of trans people are known to occur in Pakistan, but Maya's father, Aurangzeb Akbar, had told the police in writing that he would not harm her. However, he is now under arrest, and police are searching for her uncle and brothers as well.

Several protests have been held in the nation in the wake of Maya's death.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.