Akkai Padmashali's story is that of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Find out how a sex worker fought the odds and became a human rights activist!
Akkai Padmashali’s story is that of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Find out how a sex worker fought the odds and became a human rights activist!
Deep down, Jagdish always knew he was a woman, but he wondered when that woman was going to come out in the open.
Born as Jagdish in a typical middle class background, a struggle for his gender identity and social acceptance led him into sex work. Today, she – a male to female transgender – calls herself Akkai Padmashali and is a human rights activist.
In this video Akkai recounts her struggles with gender identity, her sex work in Bangalore’s Cubbon Park and that she always knew deep down she was a woman. “I used to play with girls a lot. One day my father brought me home and poured hot water on my legs. He said that if I didn’t act as per society’s norms, this was my punishment,” recalls Akkai while in conversation on Chai with Lakshmi.
In this video we hear the life story of a woman, who was been constantly pressurised into living a socially acceptable life. We learn of the difficulties she has faced at home, at work, in the sex trade and how she now fights for other transgenders who face the same.
Watch this amazing video here:
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Netflix’s ‘House Of Secrets: The Burari Deaths’ dwells into the shocking death of an entire family of 11 in one night. It throws light on gender roles, superstitions & mental health in Indian households.
(Trigger Warning: This story delves into a documentary about alleged suicide/murder and may be triggering. Spoilers ahead).
Directed by Leena Yadav and Anubhav Chopra, Netflix’s latest three-episode documentary ‘House of secrets: The Burari Deaths’ traces what happened with the Bhatia family in 2018. On a usual summer morning, 11 members of the same family were found suspiciously hanging from the roof in the suburb of Burari. Later it was concluded to be an occult ritual gone wrong.
How many times do we need to remind people that daughters are not liabilities? That the girl child isn’t some object for which the 'burden' shifts on to another person after she acquires the married tag?
How many times do we need to remind people that daughters are not liabilities? That the girl child isn’t some object for which the ‘burden’ shifts on to another person after she acquires the married tag?
A son is a son all his life. A daughter is a daughter only till the time she gets married.
Here are some of the best LGBTQIA+ posts that have been published on Women's Web in the past 10 years. #ADecadeOfWomensWeb #PrideMonth
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Shanthi, a transgender rights activist reminds us that transgendered people do not need our pity - only our recognition that they deserve the same opportunities as everybody else.
Shanthi, a transgender rights activist reminds us that transgendered people do not need our pity – only our recognition that they deserve the same opportunities as everybody else.
Every time I come across a transgendered person’s story, I am struck by the incredible hardships they face in life. Though a member of society like any other, they are meted out harsh, differential treatment.