This is absolutely disgusting and angers me to the highest order. The Jakarta Post reports that a group of 50-60 men dressed in white attacked 2 transgender (waria) people in Bekasi, West Java. The 2 transgender people were just out on Monday night, minding their own business and to be viciously assaulted this way is just unfathomable. Both transgender people who were viciously attacked were chased, cornered, forced to strip and beaten with a 50cm long rod on the chest and body. They were yelling for mercy as they were being viciously beaten up. The attackers were heard yelling about how it is a “sin” to be transgender. Absolutely horrific. Here is more from the Jakarta Post:
An activist who requested anonimity who knew the victims well said one of them had just arrived at the scene at around midnight for a gathering with fellow transgender people, while the other victim had already been waiting at the scene.
“Not long after that, around 50-60 men in white clothing on motorcycles chased the two waria to a place where fellow transgender people had gathered,” she said in a written statement on Wednesday.
She said the men had parked their motorcycles and then chased the victims on foot near a gas station and caught them in front of a Hoka Hoka Bento fast food outlet.
The men had forced one of the waria that looked more feminine to strip but then told her to put her clothes back on upon seeing her breasts, while continuing the assault with a 50-centimeter long metal rod and cutting off her long hair.
Meanwhile, the other victim, who wore a short-hair wig and therefore appeared more masculine, was stripped naked, hit on the chest and had the wig removed by force, while the men shouted, “You are a man, right? And your friend is a banci [transvestite]? Don’t you know that it’s a sin [to be transgender].”
The victims cried and called for mercy, saying “Ya Allah”, but the men said, “There is no Allah for you. No need to mention Allah. You don’t deserve to have been born,” the activist went on.
The victims were encouraged to report this to the police, but they were reluctant to do so – which I totally understand considering the police would most likely do jack shit and victim blame and discriminate against transgender people. There is a major issue in conservative parts of Asia, where people who identify as LGBTIQ are still constantly attacked, humiliated and murdered all because of who they identify as sexually. This is so sick and really makes me mad. I hope things will change soon.
Image via Jakarta Post
To read the original article, please click on: Transgender people assaulted by dozens of men in Bekasi