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By Behindwoods News Bureau | Jul 08, 2019 05:51 PM

In a case of homophobic bullying, a 20-year-old's body was found on the Neelankarai beach by the police. The deceased has been identified as Avinshu Patel – Avi, who wrote two Facebook posts, one in English and one in Hindi. He was a trainee at a Salon and Spa.

20-year-old kills self in Chennai due to bullying: Suicide note reveal

According to The News Minute report, on July 2, Avi wrote two Facebook posts, both were suicide notes, that explained how he was bullied for the way he walks and talks, for the way he presents himself. “I’m gay,” he said in one of the posts. “Everyone knows I’m a boy, but the way I walk, think, feel, talk...it’s like a girl. People living in India don’t like this,” he wrote in another.

Meanwhile the police say that, Avi's friend from Mumbai stated that "Avi called me around 5:00 pm on July 2. We hadn’t spoken for about a month since we had a fight, but he suddenly called me. He was very out of sorts, and he told me he was going to kill himself. I tried to talk him out of it, but he wouldn’t listen. I then called up his colleagues and friends in Chennai and asked them to track him down."

By 10 pm, he had switched his phone off and was untraceable. The following day his colleagues tried to call him but Avi did not pick up. Finally, when his manager tried to call him again, the phone was picked up by a police officer who said Avi had been found dead, The News Minute further reported.

While talking to Sandeep Singh, the COO of the spa, he said "Avi was the brightest trainee in his batch. He had been working with us for just three months, but because he was so talented, we were giving him advanced training to become a nail artist. He wasn’t facing any problems at work, in fact he was doing very well. It came as a shock.”

Avi’s body has been taken back to his home in Mumbai by his parents.

For people who face similar problems, Tamil Nadu has several offline and online groups that one can reach out to. Some of the renowned ones are:

- Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre: One of the longest running suicide helplines in Chennai. It is run by a small band of volunteers, offers unconditional emotional support, 24-hours, 365 days a year, to people who are feeling upset, distressed, depressed and suicidal.

Contact: 044-24640050

Website: www.snehasuicideupdate2019.com/about-sneha.html  

- Sahodaran is also one of the renowned ones who work with LGBTQIA and people in Tamil Nadu. As per the website, “We seek to empower all sexual minorities to reach their full potential by providing a safe haven of community support, outreach, and activism. Our mission is to create a world that is safe for all people, regardless of orientation, a world without fear of violence or stigma.”

Contact: +91 98418 65423 or +91 44 23470486

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sahodaran.chennai