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Pakistan launches transgender harassment hotline

trans Pakistanis are either beaten, harangued or publicly arrested by the police.She added: "How can we call on this hotline when our phones are snatched? When we are arrested like a robber from wedding parties where we have to perform and earn?"Who harasses us the most? Yes, indeed, the police.

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