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Transgender contestant to take on Indian minister in state elections

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

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16th November 2013 00:47

Alessia Valenza

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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