TDoR 2019 / 2019 / July / 13 / Gurpreet


Age 18

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.

Report added: 23 Jul 2019. Last updated: 29 Jul 2019

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