A trans police officer in India has attempted suicide after allegedly being harassed by three of her colleagues.
The 22-year-old cop, known only as R Nasriya, said in a video posted on WhatsApp that she had been bullied for being trans by her co-workers at the police force in the town of Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, reports Hindustan Times.
“I am taking this extreme step because these three behaved indecently and made me suffer a lot by teasing and torturing. They are solely responsible for my death.”
Nasriya, who consumed rat poison in the video, said her colleagues “behaved indecently” and “teased” her.
Trans officer drinks rat poison in attempt to die by suicide
The trans police officer named three officers in the video, which has since gone viral, blaming them for her attempting to die by suicide.
“I am taking this extreme step because these three behaved indecently and made me suffer a lot by teasing and torturing. They are solely responsible for my death,” she says in the video.
“Friends, please share this with others and get the officials responsible for my death punished.”
Trans officer in stable condition after suicide attempt
Police said the constable had been moved to the passport section of the office after she made a complaint about her treatment in the armed reserve battalion.
She joined the police force in August.
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Nasriya is reportedly in a stable condition in hospital. She was taken to get medical treatment by police after she posted the video.
In 2017, the police in Tamil Nadu changed its rules allowing trans people to apply for jobs at the force.
The state of Tamil Nadu has previously announced that it would pay for trans people’s gender reassignment surgeries.
Past research has shown that a shocking proportion of transgender people have attempted suicide.
In 2016, a study by the NationalCentre for Transgender Equality found that 40 percent of transgender people had tried to end their lives.
The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey revealed that one in four trans adults reported attempting suicide.
Other studies have also revealed that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people are more likely to attempt suicide than their straight counterparts.
A 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people are almost three times as likely to seriously contemplate suicide than heterosexual youths.
It also found that LGB youth were five times more likely to have attempted suicide than heterosexual young people.