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20-year-old Chennai boy commits suicide due to homophobic bullying!

On third morning a 20-year-old’s body was found on the Neelankarai beach by the police. The young boy was identified as Avinshu Patel who has ended his life due to homophobic bullying. Just a day before he killed himself Avinshu had released a sucide note on his  Facebook, he wrote, “I’m gay. “Everyone knows I’m a boy, but the way I walk, think, feel, talk…it’s like a girl. People living in India don’t like this,”.

He also made a distressed phone call to his friend back in Mumbai telling him that he is going to kill himself. “Avi called me around 5 pm on July 2,” says Avi’s friend from Mumbai, “We hadn’t spoken for about a month since we had a fight, but he suddenly called me. He was very out of sorts, and he told me he was going to kill himself. I tried to talk him out of it, but he wouldn’t listen. I then called up his colleagues and friends in Chennai and asked them to track him down.” said his friend as quoted in The News Minute.

Avi was a trainee at a salon. He has been working there for three months now and was a very fast learner. His colleagues at the salon were notfied reagrding his sucide attempt through his friend and they  tried to call him, Avi did not pick up. By 10 pm, he had switched his phone off and was untraceable. The next morning, when his manager tried to call him again, the phone was picked up by a police officer who said Avi had been found dead.

 Just last month Chennai celebrated the pride march. It was such a proud, happy and upbeat event. Avinshu’s death has once again brought to the fore issues of bullying and discrimination that queer people face on an everyday basis. It still prevails and cannot be masked out with rainbow parades.

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