KERALA

Three transgenders attacked at Kottakkal

Three transgenders and two social workers who helped them were attacked by a crowd at Kottakkal on Thursday night. The attack was a sequel to an earlier incident in which transgender Liya had suffered injuries.

Mary Neetu, counsellor for the transgenders, said they did not get help or protection from the police.

The attack took place when the counsellors reached a teashop at Atteeri, near Kottakkal town, along with the three transgenders. Among them was Liya, who got discharged from a hospital on Thursday evening. A group of men led by Shihab, alias Ummachi Shihab, 30, corralled the transgenders and the women and showered them with abuses. The group manhandled the transgenders and threatened to kill them even as the local people looked on.

The men locked the transgenders inside the shop by downing the shutters. Ms. Neetu said they were locked up inside the shop for about 30 minutes. There was no ventilation.

Local men took out a march against the transgenders to the police station when the victims reached the station to file a complaint. The transgenders said they did not get any help from the police.

The police said they had registered a case and were investigating.

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