On October 22, Chauhan and her boyfriend were attacked by a group of men while out enjoying the festival of Dussehra.
“We were on a motorbike, when three other motorbikes started riding adjacent to us,” Chauchan told BuzzFeed India. “One of the people tried to touch my neck, which was very scary as I was wearing jewellery. They were also passing lewd comments. My boyfriend and I stopped the bike because we feared there might be a road accident.”
Chauhan said that as soon as she and her boyfriend got off their motorbike, the men started to beat them without a word.
“I started bleeding pretty badly,” she said. “I could feel the warmth of the blood on my face and all over my hands, at which point I started screaming. Once I did that, the men fled. We were scared they might come back with a larger group, and our phone batteries were also drained, so we rushed home and decided to take action in the morning.”
“I am visibly transgender, and it seemed from their language that they thought I was a sex worker,” Chauhan said.
“The physical damage can be healed,” she said, “but I’m scared of even going out now.”
Chauhan said she also sent an email to the Delhi Commissioner of Police, but is yet to receive a response.
“I wanted to register an FIR the very next morning, but my face was swollen and my body was in pain,” she said. “I decided to send an email to the Delhi Commissioner of Police, requesting that an FIR be lodged for the same.