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A group of trans women got vigilante justice after their friends were killed

KOOVAGAM, TAMIL NADU / INDIA - MAY 4, 2019: Transgender people performing before a crowd
KOOVAGAM, TAMIL NADU / INDIA - MAY 4, 2019: Transgender people performing before a crowdPhoto: Shutterstock

Five people have been arrested for the murder of three members of a transgender community in India. Two of the suspects and two of the victims are transgender.

A group of transgender women confronted the killers, “thrashing” them until they confessed and then dragged them to the local police station. The killers had photos of the victims’ bodies on their phones.

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Based on the evidence provided by the alleged killers, the remains were found in abandoned wells.

The women’s friends suspected the victims after one of the killers defrauded them in an adoption case. One of the victims and her partner had hired one of the killers to give them a baby. When they didn’t get the child, they demanded he return the money.

Police allege the man lured the couple and a friend out of the community to pick up the baby and killed them. When the man returned, but the victims didn’t, other residents suspected foul play and confronted him and his associates.

 

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