First transgender candidate pulls out of Kerala polls, says facing discrimination from party

Kochi (Kerala), April 4 (ANI): Anannyah Kumari Alex, the first transgender candidate to fight the Kerala Assembly polls, backed out of the contest as the Democratic Social Justice Party (DSJP) nominee on April 03 alleging that she is facing stigma, gender discrimination and sexual harassment from her own party. Alex, who was in the poll fray from Vengara constituency in Malappuram district, said she filed a police complaint against the DSJP and the leaders who harassed her. "I withdrew because I am facing stigma, gender discrimination and sexual harassment from the Democratic Social Justice Party They are trying to play with me to get more publicity. They had some plans and reasons for putting me in the front," she told ANI.