Fed up with police atrocities in Kerala, transgenders warn mass suicide
Transgenders, who approached Kochi police to complain against an attack on them, were allegedly beaten up and sent to jail by police officials. In an emotional response to the injustice, Sheethal Shyam, writer and transgender rights activist said that if the government do not allow them to live, they are left with no choice but to commit mass suicide.
Eleven transgenders, who make a living by begging in trains were attacked by a few persons from North India who claimed to be transgendered on Saturday at Ernakulam North Railway Station, Sheethal said. After being attacked, they approached Ernakulam North Police Station to file a complaint. In the police station, the officials brutally beaten them up, without even listening to their grievance, she alleged. The police also slapped a case on them for creating unrest in a public place and remanded them. They were sent to Viyyur Central Prison.
The police say that the government has given them the right to beat up transgenders . They don't allow transgenders to live.... then, let's die together: Sheethal Shyam, writer, Transgender rights activist.
" The police say that the government has given them the right to beat up transgenders," Sheethal wrote on her Facebook page. "They don't allow transgenders to live.... then, let's die together," she wrote.
The Facebook post of Sheethal: Transgenders show the injuries they endured in the alleged police attack.
It may be recalled that Kerala is the first state to adopt a Transgender policy in India. Recent incidents show that the attacks on the third gender continue without any respite.