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Dalit Trans Woman Brutally Beaten Up By Partner’s Family In Tamil Nadu

Dalit transgender women from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu was critically injured after being brutally beaten up by the family of her partner who belonged to a dominant caste.

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New Delhi: Dalit transgender women from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu was critically injured after being brutally beaten up by the family of her partner who belonged to a dominant caste. The incident took place on Thursday, March 24.

In a video shared by a Trans rights activist Grace Banu on Twitter revealed about the tragedy. In the video Udhaya shared that family members of her partner Balanand have beaten her up and that she was badly hurt.

In the video she was talking in her native language explaining that people from her partner’s family tortured her and used abusive words. She alleged that they also tried to stab her with a knife, but she somehow managed to escape their assault.

She further elaborated saying that people from her partner’s family tortured her and used abusive words. She alleged that they also tried to stab her with a knife, but she somehow managed to escape their assault. She also said, Balanand’s mother verbally assaulted her with casteist and transphobic slurs.

Udhaya was seen in the video to state that two years ago her partner tied a Mangal-sutra around her neck. She said that he left her in front of the same temple where they both got married but his family accepted her initially and also kept her like daughter in law but later in time they started to assault and torture her. His partner although requested them not to hit her.

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Udhaya stated that the violence handout by Balanand’s mother, brother and when she lost consciousness she was taken outside and dropped on the roadside.

Udhaya was first taken to the Tirunelveli government Hospital with the help of a few transgender persons and when her condition got worse she was Nagercoil government

dhaya was first admitted to the Tirunelveli Government Hospital with the help of a few transgender persons who came to her aid. She was shifted to the Nagercoil Government Hospital on March 26 because of her poor health condition, said Grace Banu. “Udhaya is unable to open one of her eyes now because of the violence. She should get justice. Until then, we will not get her discharged from the hospital,” she said.

The police said a case has been registered against five people – Udhaya’s partner Balanand, his parents and two other relatives – under three sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, IPC sections 506(2) (criminal intimidation), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), and 294(b) (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words) at the Palavoor police station. All five of the accused are currently absconding and a special team has been formed to nab them, Tirunelveli Superintendent of Police P Saravanan told TNM.

Grace pointed out that the police had not invoked the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act initially. It was only after she got the Tirunelveli Collectorate to intervene that the FIR was altered on Monday, March 28, four days after the incident, she said. “The police have, however, still not invoked the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, which is meant to provide protection to and ensure the welfare of transgender persons,” she said, adding that SP Saravanan has promised to nab the culprits in two days.

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