Demand Justice for Trans Woman Who Died at Hospital

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Goal: Punish hospital staff who allegedly neglected a trans woman and harassed her fellow trans rights activists.

Target: Pervaiz Khattak, Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A trans woman who was shot in Pakistan passed away after hospital staff allegedly delayed her treatment. Alesha, a 23-year old who worked as a coordinator for the Trans Action Alliance group, was shot six times before being admitted to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. Upon her arrival, staff reportedly refused to house her in the male or female wards. As Alesha lay bleeding from her gunshot wounds, doctors allegedly continued to debate their course of action before placing her in isolation in the male ward of the hospital. This decision was protested by Alesha’s fellow members of the Trans Action Alliance, leading to her transfer to the female ward. Staff members then proceeded to verbally harass those affiliated with the Trans Action Alliance. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chief Minister must follow through on an investigation into this horrible incident and bring penalties against those responsible at Lady Reading Hospital.

Members of the Trans Action Alliance who were on the scene allege that, after they protested Alesha’s initial placement in the male ward, a number of doctors responded by asking a number of offensive sexual questions. One doctor reportedly asked a Trans Action volunteer for her phone number before then inquiring to see if she charged for a “dancing party.” Another staff member then allegedly asked if the volunteer’s breasts were real. The harassment didn’t end there. Yet another doctor reportedly asked if the women from Trans Action performed sex acts for money. The hospital’s medical director eventually intervened, transferring Alesha yet again to another ward to receive better care. However, this decision came six hours after she was initially admitted.

Lady Reading Hospital has publicly refuted these claims but another trans rights group, Blue Veins, is supporting the Trans Action Alliance’s allegations. A four person committee has subsequently been charged with drafting a report on the incident for Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak. Sign the petition below to urge Chief Minister Khattak to follow through on this investigation and bring penalties against those responsible for this awful series of events at Lady Reading Hospital.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Minister Khattak,

Allegations of neglect and harassment surrounding the death of a 23-year old trans woman named Alesha at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar are deeply troubling. After being shot six times, Alesha needed urgent care. Instead, staff members allegedly delayed her treatment and then proceeded to verbally harass her fellow trans rights activists.

This type of behavior is completely unacceptable, especially on the part of medical professionals. Moreover, it’s plainly clear that delaying care to Alesha based on her status as a trans woman constitutes blatant discrimination on the part of the Lady Reading Hospital.

It is also very likely that, if allegations of neglect are true, delays due to discrimination by staff members at Lady Reading Hospital cost Alesha her life. We cannot allow the lives of trans individuals to be thrown away like this. I urge you to follow up on an investigation into this horrible incident and bring penalties to those responsible at Lady Reading Hospital.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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