Akkai Padmashali, a trans woman who has been fighting for the right of transgenders since many years has got hitched to an LGBTQI activist named Vasu. Akkai and Vasu's love story defies all social stereotypes and this couple has set an example for the entire nation. Read on to know more.
“When Vasu first came to Bengaluru, we were working for the same organisation. He is from a small village called Magadi in Bengaluru Rural district and we kept in touch since our first meeting. Later, we started seeing each other,” Akkai said.
Vasu then proposed to Akkai a lot of times but she refused thinking that the society won't accept their relationship.
“I was against the institution of marriage as I had apprehensions about domestic violence. Vasu had proposed marriage many times and back then, my work as an activist was more important to me,” said Akka. “My friends and advisors then told me that marriage need not mean violence, and if two people support each other and are in love, it would work out. It took me eight years to understand that,” she quoted.
Vasu's classic reply was “I have been in love with her for a very long time. Her dedication and passion for the cause is what I love about her the most. Since I was an activist for many years, I had told my parents about the transgender community and the challenges they face every day. They were very supportive and accepted my decision completely.”
“We told both our families two months before the wedding and they accepted our decision instantly. I have to say, this marriage is one of a kind in India. It is wonderful that everyone was so supportive. It was a happy occasion and there was nothing to hide. My husband knows that I cannot bear children. We are from different castes and that never mattered to any of us. My husband has offered me his complete support. I will be visiting him once in a fortnight. The distance will never matter to us. We have transcended boundaries,” Akkai said.
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