Man commits suicide to be reborn as woman

Himalayan News Service

Kolkata, April 2:

After failing in a sex change hormone therapy, a 25-year-old man in West

Bengal committed suicide in the hope that he would be born as a woman in his next life.

Debkumar Mohanty, a folk drama actor in Konnagar, north of Kolkata, decked up as a married woman — replete with a new red sari and vermilion on his head — before he hanged himself from the ceiling of his house.

His old mother who noticed the suspended body of a woman in the house, failed to recognise him and called in the neighbours who were stunned at the discovery.

Police said Mohanty was effeminate and desperately wanted to become a woman.

Mohanty talked, walked and behaved like a woman and was also known for

his convincing female character portrayals in his dramas.

According to police officials, he had even visited a clinic in southern India recently to try hormone therapy in his quest to become a woman.