DUBAI: The Human Rights Watch is calling on Saudi Arabia to investigate the death of a Pakistani transgender woman who had been detained by police in Riyadh, following a raid on a private gathering.
The rights group says a family member claims the transgender woman was tortured in custody.
The HRW said on Thursday the medical report states the body did not show “any signs of suspicious wounds”.
A police memo says the detainee complained of chest pains and was taken to a hospital.
Saudi news website Sabq published pictures of the February raid, showing men dressed in women’s clothing and makeup with their identities concealed.
Homosexuality and cross-dressing are not permitted in Saudi Arabia. Sentences for this offence include imprisonment, fines and lashes. -AP