VISION team: Guru Mumtaz, Asad (Mahi), , Qasim Ali, Abdul Qayyum, Tahir Khilji
Submitted by: VISION
Police Training in Multan
Multan is one of the largest cities in the Southern part of Punjab province of Pakistan and has a population of approximately 2000 to 2500 transgenders living in different parts of the city. The need for police training arose from the complaints regarding police behavior towards transgender population and harassment of transgender population were communicated by the local transgender population of Multan. The training was conducted by using the police training manual developed by VISION for purposes of sensitizing the police force on basic human rights of transgender population and the Transgender Protection Act 2018. Along with the manual, VISION also developed two posters that are described in the later part of the report.
The manual was developed by VISION on the request of National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) and the Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICTP). It was funded by a Washington based group. The cover page of the manual and both the posters can be viewed in the attachment.
The police training in Multan was conducted in collaboration with Punjab Social Protection Authority (PSPA) and the local administration of Multan.
In total there are 32 police stations in Multan but for purposes of training 9 police stations that were named by the local transgender population as the monitoring stations of the cruising sites, streets where mostly begging is done and the neighborhoods where generally the transgender population resides.
In addition to this, the local transgender population reported these police stations as the most problematic police stations for them.
The immediate response of the training was excellent and the police force, encouraged VISION to hold a similar training for the larger police population in Multan along with a request to come back for a follow-up.
The transgender community members volunteered to take the two posters developed by VISION; one poster illustrates the basic human rights of citizens of Pakistan under the Constitution of Pakistan with special emphasis on transgender population, and the second poster illustrates the duties of the police while dealing with the transgender populations, to each police station and hang the posters themselves at all the 9 police stations participating in the workshop. The police happily agreed and welcomed them to visit the police stations for purposes of hanging the posters.
Soon after, some of the transgender community members from Multan in one of their travels to VISION’s head office reported that there is a marked change in the attitude of the police personnel from these 9 police stations. However, VISION still has to conduct the two month evaluation process of this training in Multan.Attachments: