These graphic images of a badly beaten transgender prisoner have
sparked outrage across Brazil after it was said police officers
‘pulverized’ her face, forced her to strip and shaved her head.
25-year-old Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for
assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and
put in a male prison. For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a
fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his
Disturbing pictures circulating on Brazilian social media show her
with cuffs on her hands and feet, head shaved, breasts exposed and face
disfigured from the battering she received from several
The incident has caused outrage among Brazilian LGBTI activists and
supporters, who accuse the officers of transphobia.
Brazil is reportedly the most dangerous place on Earth to be
transgender. Last year, 113 trans people were murdered in the country,
half of all reported trans murders in the world.