On Thursday, a group of transgender individuals helped five Hindu and five Muslim women from low-income families get married in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. They were married off according to their religious rituals, reports Hindustan Times.
The head of the transgender community, Nettu Bai, told the publication that the ten women belonged to families who couldn’t afford to get them married.
Nettu has been involved in organising joint wedding programmes since 2012 every year.
The group takes care of all the wedding expenses and also provides clothes, jewellery, food arrangements for guests. The group doesn’t take donations from people to do this. They save their own money to help the women get happily married.
Nettu has been devotedly working for the betterment of girls and was elected as the corporator of the ward no 29 of the Bharatpur Municipal Corporation in November 2014. In her ward, she has organised wedding ceremonies for over 60 Muslim and Hindu women.
To organise these weddings, she saves ₹4,000 every day, reports HT. She gets in touch with these women by personally visiting them and identifying those without the financial means to get married. She selects ten among them for the mass weddings every year. She also takes care of the women after they are married.
“I have been giving messages to the society to save the girl child and requests people to give their daughters to the group if they are unable to feed them,” Nettu Bai told HT.