Social media brings Pakistan’s persecuted women rare justice after the violence

The Guardian, October 2017

Last month, Sarah Gill – a 27-year-old Pakistani trans activist who is about to become Pakistan’s first transgender doctor – sent out a distress call over Facebook:

“Three men just followed me to my home, grabbed me from my hair and started hitting my genitals and put a gun to my lips … They told me next time I would have to sleep with as many people as they say and if I don’t, they would first burn my breasts and then kill me … I have no protection here. If anything happens to me, please don’t give up, my lovely community.”

“That post saved my life,” Gill now says. “The way my online community came to my rescue gave me the confidence I needed to stand my ground”…

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