A trans woman was attacked by four men who slit her throat in Hyderabad, India.
The 21-year-old was attacked outside her home in Banjara Hills, an urban centre in the large southern city.
And when her friends took her to at least three hospitals, she was allegedly denied treatment.
It was the day of Ganesh Visarjan, a Hindu festival, when Sravya was approached by four men last Thursday outside her house.
The group wanted her to come with them to one of the men’s houses, who she knew.
Chandramukhi Vuvvala, a trans woman in Hyderabad, told TNM Sravya was found in a pool of blood.
‘At around 3pm, a man she knew came along with three others and asked her to come to his place. She refused to go with him, and tried to enter the house. That’s when one of them slit her throat and slashed her hands with a knife, and they fled,’ Vuvvala said.
When her friend Nakshtra was found lying on the floor and bleeding, she tried to get medical help.
That was when many hospitals allegedly denied her treatment, according to friends.
Trans woman survives after her throat is slit by attackers
She was finally admitted at the National Institute of Medical Sciences, a medical university.
Stravya’s life was saved. She has several stitches on her throat.
A police spokesperson said: ‘We have registered a case under IPC sections 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) read with 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention.).
‘As per the available information we have identified one of the accused. Soon we will catch them.’
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