Transgenders break tradition, make Chamcham’s burial public
NAGPUR: Breaking away from the tradition of keeping their last rites a secret, the transgender community on Tuesday made Chamcham Gajbhiye’s final journey from Mayo hospital’s forensic department to Mankapur ghat via her residence a public affair on Tuesday.
Chamcham, declared dead a day before, was brutally assaulted by transgender activist and her mentor-turned-rival Uttam Bawa Senapati and her gang on June 4. On Tuesday, the court extended Senapati and her close aide Kiran Gawli’s custody remand by one more day for medical examination to ascertain her gender. Three of their accomplices — Kamal Uikey, Sonu Parseonikar and Nisar Shaikh — were sent to jail by the court a day ago
According to a senior member of the transgender community, the decision to allow Chamcham’s burial to be watched by all was taken as her death had already become public and was exposed. Perceiving the heightened chances of a violent agitation during Chamcham’s post mortem, police turned the Mayo Hospital premises into a fortress with several officers from different police stations supervising the bandobast. Fearing backlash, security personnel were also deployed at Senapati’s residence at Kamna Nagar where Chamcham was assaulted. Activist Anand Chandrani, who attended the funeral, said there was huge turnout of people from various communities across the society.
“There was a sea of humanity which accompanied Chamcham, comprising neighbours, friends and commoners,” he said. Chamcham’s husband Naushad said that he wanted strict action against the perpetrator of the crime, which took away his wife with whom he had shared life for over a decade. “Chamcham had earned the wrath of Senapati as she protested her exploiting the younger generation of transgenders,” he said. Chamcham’s last rites at Mankapur ghat took place under tight police watch. Only a handful of people was allowed to remain present at the burial site.
Source : TNN