Family strife following pride event triggers trans woman’s suicide

PRIDE_0THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — The upbeat and festive Bangalore, India pride event was being covered by local TV news so when the family of Vamshi Raju spotted her participating during the broadcast, it set the stage for a showdown that would cost Vamshi her life when she returned home.

Human rights activist Manohar Elavarthi: “Unable to bear the denial from his own family, a depressed Vamshi committed suicide. “It is not the first time. Even last week he faced severe physical violence by his father at his home and had to seek shelter in a transgender friend’s house . . .”


A familiar story, and as most of us know, this kind of triggering is all too common in the transgender community, however, rarely does local media get the story right and point the finger of blame directly at the people responsible.  My hat’s off to the Deccan Chronicle for doing the kind of reporting that makes a difference.


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Death beckons, a day after the Sexual Minority Pride Rally; Condoling the death of Vamshi Raju, a transgender person | Praja Rajakiya Vedike ಪ್ರಜಾ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ವೇದಿಕೆ.



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5 replies

  1. is this about a she or a he, its a bit confused story

  2. No one should make the mistake of thinking that this sort of thing does not happen right here, in our own cities and towns. You dont often read about it because no one knows. Often all you have is a suicide, but one that seems to have no good cause. Most especially for the young people who feel everything with such intensity. So very sad.

  3. I blame both religion and the parents for this one. They are the two biggest emotional killers of transgender people. May God have mercy on those people’s souls when they die. RIP Vamshi Raju

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