Kuwait arrests young trans woman and her mother

Published: December 26, 2012

A young transgender woman described as ‘mutashabeh’ (‘boy in women clothing’) was spotted and then arrested along with her mother by a police patrol in Salmiya, Kuwait city.

A security source cited in Al Rai daily said that late on Friday (21 December) ‘two police men of the Special Task Force of the Office of the Assistant Undersecretary for Security Affairs – Major General Mahmoud Al-Dosari, were in a routine patrol shift in Salmiya when they spotted a car that look suspicious, ordering it to stop.

‘While talking with the driver who seemed to look like a female they found out that he [sic] is young boy in a women’s dress, disguised as woman.’

The security source went on to describe how the young trans woman attempted to resist arrest and allegedly insulted the security men.

She also called her mother, who arrived at the scene within minutes, and tried to help her trans daughter escape. Nevertheless the security source stated ‘we were able to eventually control them and held them down’.

The mother, apparently, checked out as wanted for ‘a civil case’, the two were arrested and taken for investigation, the security source stated they will be ‘kept in detention till [the police] presses charges’.

This brings the total known number of transgender women being held in prison awaiting trial to sixteen.

Last month four transgender woman were arrested and detained by the Kuwaiti police.

The arrest of the young transgender woman is part of an on-going ‘morality’ campaign which also target lesbian, gay and transgender people.

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