Weeks after complaining about a missed gender reassignment surgery, Anannyah Kumari Alex, Kerala’s first transgender candidate to run for the recently held parliamentary elections, is believed to have committed suicide. Alex, who was also the first in her community to become a radio jockey, was found hanging in her apartment in Kochi.
Health Minister Veena George ordered an investigation into the death. “A transgender organization had also filed a complaint about this. An expert committee will be formed to study issues related to gender reassignment surgery,” George said The news minute.
Alex once said that when transgender people join the mainstream, colorful changes are sure to take place in society. She reportedly worked as a makeup artist and freelance fashion stylist.
Alex had recently made charges of medical negligence against a doctor and a private hospital and sought justice in the case. She said she has had serious health problems since undergoing sex reassignment surgery she underwent in June last year. She claimed she was unable to work due to severe physical pain, even after a year of surgery.
“I am the victim of gross medical negligence. My genitals look like a piece of meat, it doesn’t look like a vagina. I want to perform another operation, I want justice,” she said in an article by The News minute.
She said she had severe pain in the vaginal area and couldn’t even stand to stand or sit for long. “Even when I stand for a long time, sneeze, smile or even brush my teeth, I have serious discomfort. I’ve also had breathing difficulties,” she said.
Previously, Alex was in the news after submitting her nomination as an Assembly election candidate in Vengara district of Malappuram district. She planned to compete against Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader PK Kunjalikutty as a candidate for the Democratic Social Justice Party (DSJP). However, she suspended her campaign a day before the election, alleging she was being harassed and receiving death threats from leaders of her own party. Unable to withdraw her nomination at the time, she urged voters not to extend their support for the DSJP.
(With input from the agency)