Anannyah Kumari Alex, the first transgender radio jockey and the first from the community to contest the state assembly polls was found dead in her Kochi flat on Tuesday evening. According to the Kalamassery Police, Anannyah was hanging inside the bedroom in the apartment.
In an interview, Anannyah had surfaced allegations against a Kochi-based private hospital and the doctors who perfomed the sex reassignment surgery conducted an year back, in June 2020. She alleged that the surgery was not a success and that the hospital was allegedly denying her treatment records when sought. Anannyah had also said that for the past one year after her surgery, she had been suffering from various issues. She said she could not stand for a prolonged period after the surgery for more than a year and was unable to work due to the same. According to the police, her death appears to be because of her physical distress. Police are probing the matter. Anannyah’s friends have lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister seeking an inquiry into the death. Anannyah Kumari Alex — a native of Kollam Peruman, was the first person from the transgender community in Kerala to contest in the Assembly elections. However, she later withdrew her nomination alleging mental torture and death threats from Democratic Social Justice Party (DSJP) leaders.