Two suspects arrested over alleged gang rape of transgender person in Peshawar

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PESHAWAR: Peshawar police on Monday claimed to have arrested two of the four suspects accused of raping a transgender person in Faqirabad area of the provincial capital.
The suspects, one of whom has been nominated as the prime suspect, allegedly abducted the victim at gunpoint with the help of two accomplices and drove her away “to an unknown place” and subjected her to sexual abuse.
A first information report (FIR) was filed soon after the incident took place on February 10 at Faqirabad police station.
According to FIR, one of the suspects has been nominated as rapist while the other three were his accomplices.
The victim alleged that police had earlier refused to file an FIR, a claim negated by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Faqirabad Tahir Dawar who said police took swift action once the case was reported.
The arrested suspects were remanded to the police for two days after they were produced in a local court in front of Magistrate Obaidullah.
Around 48 rape cases have been registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since January 2017, most of them being gang rape cases, transgender activist Qamar Naseem said. He said police had sent the victim for a medical examination and further reports were awaited.

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