While India has to go a long way in ensuring the rights of transgender, there are small but significant steps that definitely helps breaking the stereotypes surrounding them.Recently, Kerala government organised a a first of a kind sports event for transgenders in Thiruvananthapuram in which persons of the community from around country participated. Also Kochi Metro was in news for recruiting 23 members of the transgender community for different roles. Later, an MNC in the state hired a transgender woman as an HR employee.
In the latest development that will definitely bring hope to millions of transgender persons facing discrimination at every step of life, a transgender person from Mysuru did Kanyadaan(ritual that involves giving hand of bride) of his foster daughter, which would be usually done by the father of the bride.
Pranathi Prakash performed all traditional marriage rituals of her foster daughter Sneha who tied the knot with Santhkumar, a driver, at a choultry. The marriage also saw the participation of transgender community who blessed the couple.Prakash is a coordinator at Ashodaya-an NGO that works for the upliftment of transgender and malefemale sex workers in Mysuru, reported Times of India.
Sneha is daughter of Prakash’s sister Renuka but he had been taking care of Sneha after informally adopting her a decade ago.Sneha is now pursuing her second-year degree course at a college in Mysuru. Notedly, this is the first time a transgender performed such rituals in Karnataka like giving the bride’s hand in marriage (kanyadaan). However, it has earlier happened in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.