Health minister orders probe on death of Ananyah, transgender organizations to file complaint to CM

Even as the Ernakulam police of Kerala have already begun a probe into the death of Ananyah Kumari Alex, the first transwoman gender radio jockey who was found hanging at her flat near here on Tuesday evening, Health Minister Veena George on Wednesday asked Director Health Service (DHS) to also look into it.

According to her friends, the 28-year-old Alex was upset as she had health issues following her gender reassignment surgery that took place last year. Her friends said she had bleeding for about a year after undergoing the surgery in June last year. She was in financial trouble and was mentally broken. She had asked her doctors to conduct the surgery again. Her friend Daya said that Ananyah had recorded the evidence of what the doctor said.

Her friend and transgender activist Haidy Sandhya alleged that Ananyah’s death is not a suicide. The transgender organisations have decided to lodge a complaint to the chief minister.

While the local police have registered a case of unnatural death and started the probe, they are waiting for the autopsy report.

However, on Wednesday, the association of the transgenders called on Veena George, and after hearing their complaint, she asked the DHS to constitute a health expert committee to probe the reassignment surgery.

Alex, who hails from Kollam, became the first transgender radio jockey, besides was a professional makeup artiste and in the April 6 assembly polls, she announced her candidature of a newly formed party from the Vengara constituency in Malappuram.

But following differences with the party which surfaced a few days before the polls, she had asked voters not to vote for her.


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