- Hospital under fire for allegedly denying treatment of a khawajasira patient
- Educate yourself and others about the khawajasira community to create awareness and understanding.
- Advocate for their rights and inclusion in society to combat discrimination and violence.
While most of Pakistan was celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr with smiles on their faces, the khawajasira community had tears in their eyes.
In a disturbing post shared by Instagram user ‘Surkhina’, a member of the community was allegedly denied critical treatment which ultimately lead to their untimely death.
Surkhina write that they took the patient to “Jinnah Hospital of Karachi where she was denied admission and told to go home.”
She continues to write:
“The ill person passed away on chandhraat and she was tasked with the funeral arrangements. The local prayer leader of a nearby mosque had refused to offer a funeral for the deceased and the neighbourhood was unsure if the burial was to be allowed in the cemetery”.
She then “contacted the Edhi Foundation, their staff very politely informed her that a permission letter from the local police station was required after which Edhi Foundation will take care of the funeral.”
At 3 am she “reached the Mominabad police station and told the situation to the cops, she was told that a confirmation of her death by a government hospital was required.”
She wrote, her Guru Shahzadi made some calls and then the police issued a permission letter in her name, she thanked the police for their cooperation and understanding. Shortly a forensic team arrived at the deceased’s home and permitted them to hand over the body to the Edhi Foundation.
The painful post by the user makes us wonder about the existing problems we as a nation have to resolve not only for the sake of the Khawajasira community but the minorities as well.
Being Pakistani citizens, trans or otherwise, every Pakistani has the right to get an education, seek treatment, and live a happy and healthy life, which is not the case here.
Pakistanis have often shown hate and unfair treatment against the third gender and minorities, which we cannot deny is regretful and shameful.
Standing Up for the Khawajasira Community
There are several ways that Pakistanis can help support this community:
- Education: Educate yourself and others about the khawajasira community, their struggles and challenges, and the discrimination they face. This will help to create awareness and understanding among the wider public, leading to more acceptance and support for this community.
- Advocacy: Speak out against discrimination and violence against the khawajasira community, and advocate for their rights and inclusion in society. This could involve writing to your elected representatives, sharing information on social media, or participating in peaceful protests.
- Support: Support khawajasire individuals and organizations that work to empower this community. You can donate to organizations that provide education, healthcare, and legal aid to the community, or volunteer your time and skills to help them in any way you can.
- Employment: Provide employment opportunities to members of the khawajasira community. Many members of this community face employment discrimination and are forced into sex work or begging to survive. By providing employment opportunities, you can help them to earn a living with dignity.
- Inclusion: Include khawajasira individuals in all aspects of society, including education, healthcare, employment, and housing. This will help to break down barriers and create a more inclusive and accepting society for everyone.
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