Village chiefs arrested for trying to force a trans person & family out of Bangladesh village

Two people from Sirajganj in Bangladeshw arrested by police last week for allegedly forcing a transgender person out of their village. Reportedly, the two accused asked the victim and his family to leave their native village in an arbitration meeting the previous week. 

According to reports, officer-in-charge of Ullapara police station Dipak Kumar Das told mediapersons that the two accused were identified as Md. Manjur Alam and Md. Meser Ali belonged to Char  Ghantia village in Ullapara. He added that the two, along with others, had held an arbitration meeting on April 14 in which they asked 27-year-old Monirul Islam and his family to leave the village because he of his gender identity. 

Manirul's family was scared as the pressure from the arbitrators to leave the village at the earliest kept mounting. Finally, his elder brother Majnu Miah filed a police complaint against twelve people a week after the meeting was held. Based on the complaint, the police have arrested the two accused. They were presented in court on Wednesday and were sent to jail thereafter. Police are still investigating the other accused named in the complaint. 

While talking to the media, Monirul said the arbitrators had given him and his family a month's time to leave the village. "We were being forced to sell off all our assets and move away from our birthplace. All this because of a hormonal disorder that caused me to become a Hijra," he said. 

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