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Trans woman killed in Malaysia after being ‘shot in the bottom’

Trans woman killed in Malaysia after being ‘shot in the bottom’

Shameera Krishnan was killed and mutilated a day before her birthday in Malaysia

A trans woman killed in Malaysia was found to have had four fingers sliced off and was shot in the bottom.

Shameera Krishnan was found dead on a street in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (23 February).

She was killed just a day before her 27th birthday.

Today’s planned party will instead be a memorial.

The 26-year-old’s body was found face down outside a shop. Her family said Shameera had gone out at 3am to buy food and top up her phone credit.

Kuantan police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Salleh confirmed to Free Malaysia Today she had suffered numerous injuries.

‘Four fingers of her right hand were severed and she had serious head injuries,’ her cousin V. Reenunair, told The Star.

‘Her right arm was also badly mutilated as though she had been trying to ward off repeated blows from her assailant.’

Shameera was found face down outside a shop.
Shameera was found face down outside a shop.

When the family was informed about the attack, they thought Shameera had been badly injured but was still alive.

But when they arrived at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, they were led to the mortuary and found out she had been ‘shot in her posterior’.

According to Reenunair, Shameera worked at a florist on Jalan Pasar and ‘never complained about being disturbed by anyone’.

Police are investigating.

LGBTI rights are largely unrecognized in Malaysia. Same-sex activity is only legal between women, while gay sex can be punished by prison sentences or whippings, as well as fines.

State-level Sharia laws prohibit ‘cross-dressing’, creating issued for trans people who also face ‘face arbitrary arrest, physical and sexual assault, imprisonment, discriminatory denial of health care and employment, and other abuses’, according to Human Rights Watch.