TDoR 2023 / 2023 / January / 08 / Kavi


Age 20

8 Jan 2023
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu (India)
Electrocuted and burned

Kavi [photo:]

Kavi was a 20-year-old transgender person who was abducted and murdered by two brothers, Radhakrishnan and P. Chandrasekar. Their body was burnt and abandoned in Gudimangalam.

Radhakrishnan (44), who hails from Kovilpalayam near Annur, was arrested on charges of murdering Kavi alias [deadname], a native of Theni, who had been working in a spinning mill near Sulthanpet. He was remanded in judicial custody on Tuesday.

Kavi, who had been residing with another transman and a young girl in a rented house near Sulthanpet, went missing on January 2. The Sulthanpet police registered a case on January 8 after Kavi’s friend Vydehi lodged a complaint following her missing.

Subsequently, the police found out that Radhakrishnan’s brother P. Chandrasekar (46) had abducted Kavi. The siblings had been working as cooks at the spinning mill. During interrogation, he claimed that his brother Radhakrishnan murdered Kavi. The police arrested Chandrasekar on January 31 and he was remanded in judicial custody.

The police have been on the look out for Radhakrishnan and they arrested him on Tuesday. He told the police that his brother Chandrasekar wanted to get close to Vydehi, which Kavi opposed.

The siblings plotted a plan to eliminate Kavi and took him to Pachapalayam where he was murdered. Later, they burnt the body and abandoned it at Gudimangalam in Tiruppur district.

The Gudimangalam police had registered a separate case after a person’s charred body was found near a well on February 1.

Kavi's name was not included in the Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial list released by Transgender Europe (TGEU) in November 2023.

Report added: 15 Mar 2024. Last updated: 20 Mar 2024

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