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Anannyah Kumari, first transgender RJ and Assembly Poll candidate in Kerala, found dead at her Kochi flat

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 (20:36 IST)
Kochi: Minister for Social Justice B Bindu on Wednesday launched a probe into the death of transgender activist Anannyah Kumari Alex, who was found hanging at a flat here on Tuesday.

In the wake of allegations that Anannyah had been traumatised after a sex reassignment surgery led to complications, Bindu said the secretary of social justice department would make a detailed enquiry.

The minister said: "I called the District Medical Officer and said a senior team of doctors must perform a post-mortem and submit a detailed report soon."

The department has decided to hold a meeting of the Transgender Justice Board on July 23 to discuss the "issues faced by the transgender community".

Amid allegations that Anannyah had been tortured by a private hospital here upon questioning the surgery that led to complications, the minister's office said action will be taken against such centres that exploit transgender people.

The father of the activist Alex has alleged that the staff of the hospital where the activist underwent the surgery had physically assaulted her twice.

She was under immense stress following the incident that caused physical issues, Alex said.

Anannyah had been in the limelight during the Kerala assembly elections after becoming the first transgender person to file nomination papers to the state polls. (UNI)

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