India still being a developing country is slowly and steadily progressing towards the developed aisle with its miniscule measures which aim at taking the society altogether in different verticals. One such laudable example set by the Indian society is demonstrated by the hiring of first transgender, a 31 year old, Padmini Prakash by a news channel down in the states of Tamil Nadu.
HER HIRING WAS A MORALE BOOSTER FOR THE ENTIRE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY
A country where transgenders are treated with disgust, disdain and contempt, taking a leap forward by recognising her flair for news reading and broadcasting style and hiring her for the prime time is a great step towards upliftment of transgender community. Transgenders usually known as ‘hijras’ are those people who are born into wrong sex with deformed genitals are rejected by their own families and are forced into the occupation of extensive begging.The news of hiring of Padmini Prakash for the anchor for Lotus TV’s 7 pm news reading is really a vivid step for the society.
SHE WAS THROWN OUT OF THE HOUSE AFTER SHARING HER ‘STATUS’ WITH FAMILY
Padmini is a man who was castrated, and when at the delicate age of 15 she told his family that she was a transgender, she was thrown out of the house. She then began her career as a dancer, an actor and was an active campaigner against the discrimination suffered by the third sex. She had to overcome lots of hurdles in order to get the job as an anchor as she had to focus on her diction, her style, her pronunciation to grab the prime time on TV.
She narrates that after she was rejected by her own family she started to get training for Bharatnatyam dance, and later on for the anchor she was also provided with the voice mutation training. She was later on embellished with the title ‘First transgender to host a TV talk show’.
PADMINI FEELS ELATED ON BEING RECOGNISED AS A NEWSREADER
Akkai Padmashali of Sangama, an activist group fighting for such rights in Bangalore admits that such a move is worth praising and hiring Padmini proves that nevertheless you come from and even if you belong to the neglected and minority group. If you strive for something you can achieve it, otherwise in most cases in India, this group is being forced to beg on the streets to make their both ends meet or forced to become a sex slave. Padmini was too elated on being recognised as the newsreader, being accepted as equals to the other people in the industry, and being happily accepted by them.
She is now being treated with extreme respect and not shunned away by the people. The Lotus TV channel is also planning on hiring more transgenders and providing them with training for grabbing more opportunities. Padmini has struggled a lot to overcome the stones spread in her path to get recognised. People granting transgenders the chance to come out of the closet are the saviours for them, and we hope to see more from the minority group to outshine themselves in the near Indian future.