We wanted to give her a dignified send off, say transgender activists

No leads on identity of person found dead in Bengaluru transgender activists cremate body
news Death Friday, November 11, 2016 - 20:31

With no leads on identity of person found dead in Bengaluru, transgender activists conduct cremation

Five days after an unidentified person was found dead in Wilson Garden in Bengaluru, transgender activists conducted the cremation on Friday afternoon.

A police official at the Wilson Garden police station told The News Minute that the deceased was identified as a transgender woman, likely aged over 60 years. Her body was handed over to transgender activists after the police were unsuccessful in determining her identity. 

“There were no injuries found on her body. We suspect she was begging and died of cardiac arrest. However, a case of unnatural death has been filed and the post-mortem report from Victoria Hospital will ascertain the cause of death,” the official said

 â€śThe body was kept in the mortuary till Friday morning as we tried to ascertain her identity. However, we have got no leads so far. Transgender activists were informed immediately,” he said.

Akkai Padmashali, who is a member of the Transgender Horata Samiti, said that the police and transgender activists are spreading the word to discover any clues as to her identity and to find her family. 

Akkai said that, currently, the possibility of suicide cannot be ruled out. 

Akkai, feels that the deceased’s family might not come forward to claim the body, as has happened in other cases of deaths of transgender women.

“There have been many cases where parents don’t want to claim the body of their children who are transgender women. However, we are trying hard to find out this person’s identity and her family. But, we wanted to give her a dignified send off,” she said.

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