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Transgender contestant to take on Indian minister in state elections

in INDIA, 15/11/2013

From dancing in bars, Chamcham Gajbhiya has become a voice of the community, fighting elections and notarizing her 3-yr live-in relationship.

Chamcham is the tinkle made by the traditional anklets women wear in India. But there is very little traditional about Chamcham Gajbhiye, who decided to call herself that.

Gajbhiye, a trans woman living in Nagpur, one of the largest cities in central India, is a familiar face in the winter capital, after having contested a municipal election last winter.

Now she is ready to enter the arena again, this time gearing up for a grittier battle. Gajbhiye has chosen to contest against the state minister of employment guarantee and water, Nitin Raut, as the state of Maharashtra goes to polls next year.

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