Hyderabad: Chandramukhi Muvvala, a 32-year-old transgender woman from Hyderabad, who has worked as a television anchor, cine actor and activist, and first transgender woman to contest for a Legislative Assembly seat in Telugu speaking States has been missing from her home from 8.25 AM on the 27th morning. Sources suggest that Chandramukhi, had left her house in the morning for some work and was untraceable all day. Her daughter, friends and campaign staff raised an alarm when they eventually could not get in touch with her throughout the day.  FIR No. 1131/2018 has been filed the before the Banjara Hills PS. Sources suggest that the opponents contesting in Goshamahal constituency had previously threatened by Chandramukhi. Her election manifesto covered the rights of all vulnerable communities, including the poor in slums who need housing, and women who faced gender-based violence like dowry harassment and domestic violence. She was campaigning extensively to bring about a change in the status quo and make clean drinking water and sanitation available to one and all.

As per the organization Sampoorna, which is a group for trans* and intersex Indians, by trans* and intersex Indians, across the globe, a Habeas Corpus petition has been filed by Chandramukhi’s mother Anitha and is being represented by Advocate Vasudha Nagraj. The Division Bench of the Hyderabad High Court, consisting of judges Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Satyanarayana Murthy has ordered the Home department to produce Chandramukhi by tomorrow (29th) 10:15 am.



The Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Sammiti has released the following press release;

Chandramukhi Muvvala, a transwoman activist who is contesting the MLA elections as a candidate of BLF (Bahujan Left Front) in Goshamahal constituency, has been missing since early morning today, 27th November 2018. She went missing from her home, and friends from the transgender community who arrived to help her with campaigning were unable to locate her all day. She has been unreachable and her mother has been in a state of extreme despair. She is feared to be kidnapped. 
A complaint has been filed in Banjara Hills Police Station near her house. As an activist with Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti, Chandramukhi had strongly protested against atrocities upon members of the transgender and hijra communities and had always been an outspoken voice at many rallies and public events upholding the self-respect of transgender people. Her decision to contest was also a decision that she felt would help the entire community. We fear for her safety and condemn the lack of safety measures organized for her and for other women and transgender candidates, which acts as a strong force that dissuades transgender persons and women from joining politics. Chandramukhi’s campaign kicked off just one day before she went missing. 
We demand that the police act immediately to trace her.


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