Transgender visible artist harassed and threatened

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15 February 2021: Associates of Rajkot’s eunuch neighborhood publicly harassed transgender visual artist Payal Rathwa and later on threatened her with death for allegedly extorting revenue from men and women as a result of her visible art, noted Periods of India.

She was kidnapped at her property and compelled to strip on a community road by the associates of the group she had before belonged to. They also recorded the public humiliation and shared the video on social media.

The trauma from the humiliation pressured Rathwa to continue to be in the house for three times.

LGBTQ activists introduced a social media campaign #justiceforpayalrathwa.


On 20 February 2021, the artist went to Malviya Nagar Law enforcement Station to document her statement.

The eunuchs protested outside the house the station, accusing the police of safeguarding the artist and demanding her to be banned from the city. They threatened the life of the artist and alleged that she had insulted their gurus.  

The artist attracts Varli tribal paintings and is an energetic member of Chitranagri, a nearby voluntary organisation beautifying general public areas.

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