Kent Caburnay Acuin, center. Photo: YouTube.

A ‘transwoman’ from the Philippines claimed that she was assaulted while being detained in Malaysia. Rights groups have called for her to be protected.

Kent Caburnay Acuin, 29, was arrested on March 13 for disrupting the traffic on Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpur while she was naked, Malaysia Kini reported.

She pleaded guilty and paid the fine of 100 ringgit on March 27.

She was then put in detention in a male prison cell while waiting for a court to deal with a second charge for the same crime. Her lawyer Samantha Chong called it a case of ‘double jeopardy’.

Acuin was denied bail because she did not produce any local surety.

Malaysian transgender rights group Justice for Sisters said that transgender prisoners are vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual violence when they are detained according to the gender they were assigned at birth.

The court set April 22 as the date for the next session.

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