A trans teen in India who tried to motivate LGBTI voters during the June elections has died by suicide last weekend.
Identified as Gurpreet, the 18-year-old is said to have acted as the Election Commission’s ambassador to motivate trans voters in the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house, elections.
He hanged himself at Badmajra in Balongi, Punjab, on 13 July, according to the Indian Tribune.
Sources told the paper that Gurpreet lived in rented accommodation in Balogni village.
His family members reportedly lived to the west in Fatehgarh Sahib, a town in the north west Indian state.
Moreover, a neighbor realized what had happened and informed police.
State authorities told the paper that the victim had been facing financial issues while living alone.
‘We learnt that he was depressed due to some financial constraints,’ said police in a statement.
Inspector Amritpal Singh, station house officer at Balongi police station, said he was not aware of the victim’s gender identity.
‘He is said to be a transgender but I could not comment on it. Even his family members claim that he was a boy,’ said the station house officer.
How did trans people vote in the elections?
Voter turnout was low overall for the largest democratic election in human history.
Over nine million Indians from far-flung villages and dense megacities came out to vote in the behemoth of the Indian parliamentary elections in May.
This season’s parliamentary elections have seen a continuation of a low turnout from India’s trans communities.
Members of Parliament make up the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India. Each represents a single geographic constituency. There are currently 543 constituencies.
Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of constituencies (80). Nevertheless, across the cacophony of constituencies, the number of votes made by trans people were nil or below 10.