Lone transwoman contesting Telangana polls goes missing

Written by Sabrangindia | Published on: November 28, 2018

“We fear for her safety and condemn the lack of safety measures organized for her and for other women and transgender candidates against forces that dissuade us from joining politics,” Telangana Hijra Trans Samiti said.


Chandramukhi
 
Chandramukhi Muvvala, a trans woman who is contesting the upcoming Telangana polls, has gone missing. She reportedly went missing early morning at 8.25 am on Nov 27, according to the FIR filed over the missing person's complaint. The police said that they are reviewing the CCTV footage.
 
“She went to sleep at 5 am and asked someone to wake her up at 7 am. The last call she received was at 8.17 am, and her phone was switched off somewhere at Yaramanzil Colony, 2-3 km from her residence in Banjara Hills. She was noticed missing since 8.25 am and the door of her house is locked from the outside,” the Banjara Hills SHO said in a report by The News Minute.
 
Chandramukhi, a well-known face in Hyderabad’s trans community, is contesting from the Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad on a Bahujan Left Front (BLF) ticket. She will be taking on bigwigs such as the BJP’s Raja Singh, Congress’ Mukesh Goud and TRS’s Prem Singh Rathore.
 
“Vinu, who is tasked with the campaign schedule told the press that Chandramukhi would inform him where she was going, and who she is meeting. “We approached the police only at 2.30 pm. We waited, hoping she would come back by then,” he said. Vinu also alleged that a person who was found lurking around her house in the CCTV footage could be involved in her disappearance. “A white SUV came to the premises at 7.58 am. A person could be seen in the video looking or searching, either for someone or for a location. We suspect that this person is somehow linked to her disappearance,” he said in the TNM report.
 
Anitha Muvvala, Chandramukhi’s mother said that she last spoke to her daughter between 8 and 9 pm on Monday. “We talked about how the campaign was going and she told me she was happy with the way things were progressing,” Anitha said in the report.
 
"We fear for her safety and condemn the lack of safety measures organized for her and for other women and transgender candidates, which acts as a strong force that dissuades transgender persons and women from joining politics. Chandramukhi's campaign kicked off just one day before she went missing," a press release of the Telangana Hijra Trans Samiti said.
 
The Goshamahal area suffers from civic issues, for which locals blame the incumbent BJP MLA Raja Singh, and local issues are what Chandramukhi aims to give her attention to, a report said.
 
Chandramukhi is the only transgender candidate out of 3,584 candidates contesting in the upcoming Telangana elections on December 7. 


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