13 Jul 2019
Mohali, Punjab (India)
Gurpreet died by suicide.
We don't know their gender identity so gender neutral pronouns are used in this report.
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.
[They] 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.
[Their] 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 [they were] 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.
‘[They are] said to be a transgender but I could not comment on it. Even [their] family members claim that [they] were a boy,’ said the station house officer.