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37 attacks, 10 murders, 5 acid attacks on hijras in Telangana

Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS) claims that attacks on Hijras are going unnoticed. It said that since March, there were 10 murders, three gang rapes, five acid attacks and 37 other attacks on their community.
This shocking revelation from the eunuch community shows the perilous lives the community members lead.

A team of THTS met Telangana minister E. Rajender and submitted a memorandum demanding implementation of the SC order recognising them as the third gender.“A transgender was killed last week. Nisha was gangraped, Satyamma was murdered and another hijra Krishnamma’s body was found near the railway station. They were all aged between 25 and 35 and were very vocal about the rights of eunuchs. We have filed many FIRs at the Gopalapuram and Madhapur police stations but in vain,” said Bittu, a member of the Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS).

Citing incidents of attacks on the LGBT community, he said Namitha, 25 and Monalisa, 39 were attacked by a mob of 30 men on April 6, 2014. Similarly, Sirisha, 20, Lahari, 28, and Gipsika, 20, were attacked by four men with beer bottles on April 19, 2014. Ravika, 20, was attacked by men who smashed her head with a boulder on April 30, 2014. Later, Alaknanda, 20, was attacked in the same area. On May 1, Nandini, 21, and Bhanu, 22, were attacked by three men, Kangana, 24, was attacked on May 17. Counting to seven in Jubliee Hills itself.
There have been many more attacks in Secunderabad and in Banjara Hills.

 “We are forced to beg for alms as nobody gives us jobs. Even the GHMC does not hire us as sweepers. We can do any work, but we face rejection,” said Soumya, a eunuch.
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