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Shocking video shows trans woman being attacked while police officer turns a blind eye

Jasmine Andersson April 24, 2018

A video of a trans woman being assaulted while the police stood by and watched in Iran has gone viral.

In the video, which was originally posted to Facebook by Iranian feminist activists, the woman emits a bloodcurdling scream as she is attacked by a gang.

Although a policeman is sat in a car right next to the attack, he simply ignores the crime and attempts to drive across the square, reports Gay Star News.

پلیس آزار شهروند ترنس زن را نادیده می گیرد Iranian Police Ignore Transwoman Being Targeted

[English Subtitles] فارسی در ادامهDisturbing footage has emerged of the Iranian police ignoring the cries of a transgender woman being harassed and sexually abused on the street. Before leaving the scene, the police allegedly responded to people protesting their inaction by saying, "But look at what they look like," blaming the transwoman for being targeted. The video was published on Twitter by Masih Alinejad, a US-based Iranian activist behind a number of campaigns fighting the mandatory veiling (hijab) laws in Iran. She has recently encouraged women to expose the violence and harassment they suffer on the streets by recording it and sharing it on social media.https://twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/status/987092498492411904ILGA WorldILGA ASIA#مسیح_علینژاد در روز سی ام فروردین 97 با انتشار این ویدیو به نقل از ارسال کننده آن نوشت:«ترنس مورد آزار جنسی و خشونت یک مرد قرار گرفت اما پلیس حاضر نشد کمک کند اول گفت سر و وضع خودشون رو ببین بعد شیشه ماشین را بالا برد گفت شکایت دارن بیان کلانتری خواست در برود که مردم میزدن به ماشین که چرا کمک نمیکنی چون ترنس هستند.»#ترنس #ترنسجندر #ترنسکشوال#نه_به_تبعیض #نه_به_خشونت#دوربين_ما_اسلحه_ما#حق_ترنسها_همین_حالا#TransRightNowبا #شش_رنگ همراه باشید:instagram.com/6rangiran شش‌رنگ در اینستاگرامfacebook.com/6rang.iran شش‌رنگ در فیسبوکt.me/iran6rang شش‌رنگ در تلگرام

Posted by 6Rang on Saturday, April 21, 2018

In the video, a woman confronts the policeman about his lack of action, and asks if he is ignoring the attack because she is trans.

“Why aren’t you helping her?” the woman asks angrily in the clip.

“Is it because she’s transgender? You shouldn’t drive away. You should help them,” she adds, to which the policeman shrugs.

“But look at what they look like,” the police officer responded to the woman.

The video was posted by the group White Wednesdays, which is an Iranian movement that encourages women to wear white on Wednesday to protest the legal obligation for women to wear headscarves in the country.

Although it is illegal to be openly gay in the country, trans rights are recognised in Iran.

Men who have sex with other men face the death penalty in the Persian Gulf nation, while lesbian women caught participating in same-sex activity receive 100 lashes.

However, trans people can have gender-affirming surgery subsidised, and can have their gender legally recognised.

Gender confirmation is expensive for Iranians. It costs around $13,000 to undergo medical procedures and hormone replacement therapy costs $20-40 a month, and the average Iranian’s monthly income is about $400, reports Quartz.

However, if trans people do not have their gender legally changed, they can be considered to be queer by the government and face the death penalty.

As this video proves, however, discrimination and violence against trans people is still rife in Iran.

It is believed that around 150,000 people in Iran are trans, reports Gay Star News.

More: Iran, Iran, Middle East, Trans, trans rights

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