Pakistan’s First transgender news anchor survives gun attack
Pakistan’s first transgender news anchor survived an attack at her residence. she was attacked outside her residence in Lahore on Thursday. Marvia Malik, 26, scarcely escaped an attack while returning from a pharmacy when two attackers opened fire on her, Dawn reported.
Marvia Malik in 2018 made history by becoming the first transgender person to become a news anchor in the Islamic Republic. She was employed by Pakistan-based Kohenoor News but revealed in several interviews that it was not an easy one.
“Like other trans people, I did not get any support from my family. On my own, I did some menial jobs and continued my studies. I had always wanted to be a news anchor, and my dream came true when I got selected,” she had said to American broadcaster Voice of America in a telephonic interview.
After the gun attack, Malik told police that she has been receiving threatening calls during her activism programme for the transgender community. She told the reason for the gun attack is possible because of the activism she carried out.
“If given the chance, transgender people are equally capable of doing anything,” she told the news agency AP in a past interview. “Our degrees are of no use…even if we seek jobs, we get rejected due to our identity, I want to change this mindset,” she said.