She left sex work and became an activist for hijras working for Sangama.
She was featured in the BBC documentary India’s Ladyboys, and in 2004 came second at the Koovagam festival beauty contest, although as a feminist she did believe in beauty contests, but it was a platform to talk about hijra rights.
However the strain of the life got to her, and she committed suicide at age 24.
- India’s Ladyboys. With Famila. BBC3 UK 60 mins 2005.
- Paddy Maguire. “Ms World”. BBC News, 2004. Online at: http://www.thewe.cc/contents/more/archive/aruvani.html
- Sonia Faleiro.“Middle Sex”. Elle April 2007. Online at http://soniafaleiro.blogspot.com/2007/04/middle-sex.html.