Raina Aliev, pictured above with her husband Viktor, was brutally slain days after her father said on Russian TV that he wanted her dead.
According to this report, the complete circumstances of her death are unknown, but Aliev’s body was hacked into pieces and left virtually unrecognisable.
The horrific incident allegedly took place after Raina Aliev’s father, Alimshaikh Aliev, called for his daughter’s execution while repeatedly misgendering her in an announcement to a Russian TV station. He said:
Let him be killed, I don’t want to see him. Bring him here and kill him in front of my eyes.
Although the exact motivation behind Aliev’s death is still under investigation, the Express reported that a Dagestan mufti, a legal expert who interprets Muslim law, told Russian media that being transgender is banned in Islam:
Changing sex is totally forbidden, because it means that a man will be a woman.
Aliev’s family is Chechen and lives in Dagestan, Russia, a Muslim region between the Caspian Sea and Chechnya.
After completing her education, Aliev eventually relocated to Moscow. She met her husband in Karachaevo-Cherkessiya, another primarily Muslim region in Russia, and had a sex-change operation in order to marry him.
A neighbor told the Russian Dialog news site that Aliev’s father issued a “purman”, which invited people to kill his child, after discovering that she would be marrying a man who openly embraced her transgender identity.