MYSURU: It was a red-letter day for Pranathi Prakash, a transgender from Mysuru, who gave away his foster daughter’s hand in marriage, and took part in all the marriage rituals on Sunday.
Prakash is a coordinator with Ashodaya, an NGO that works for the welfare of transgender and malefemale sex workers in Mysuru.He got his daughter Sneha married to Santhkumar, a driver, at a choultry. The marriage was attended by the transgender community who blessed the couple.
Though Sneha has parents – Nandakumar and Renuka – it was Prakash who carried out the marriage rituals. Renuka is Prakash’s sister and 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 Mysuru college.
This is perhaps the first such marriage in Karnataka where a community member has performed important rituals like giving the bride’s hand in marriage (kanyadaan), which has earlier happened in Tamil Nadu
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KT Venu, a facilitator attached to Ashodaya, confirmed that Prakash conducted all the rituals.