Transgender madrassa closes due to death threats

The director of the world’s first and only Islamic boarding school for transgender women has confirmed that her madrassa, on the Indonesian island of Java, has been forced to close following violent death threats from Islamist extremists.

The authorities in the city of Yogyakarta ordered its immediate closure, apparently bowing to a campaign of intimidation by members of a group calling itself the Islamic Jihad Front – even though local police had pledged to protect the school. The Jakarta Post newspaper quoted a local official who cited concerns about security and public order.