A trans mayor in India who uploaded videos of herself dancing to Bollywood tunes is now being critisized from opponents.
Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh Municipal Corporation (RMC) mayor Madhu Kinnar recorded herself dancing to Bollywood tracks.
She uploaded four short videos onto Tik Tok, an Android app.
As she danced to Bole Chudiya, she found her video went viral as it was shared across social media.
Before she was a mayor
Before making history as India’s first elected trans mayor, Kinnar earned a living by singing and dancing on trains.
While she hasn’t lost her groove, some aren’t too happy about the videos.
A spokesperson from the ruling Congress party told the Times of India the major should be giving attention to the development of Raigarh district, not dancing.
They said: ‘Mayor should maintain the dignity of the post and not indulge in such activities.’
‘I am a dancer before mayor’
At a press conference yesterday (19 February) Kinnar said shows not surprised by Congress’ comments.
She said: ‘I am a dancer before major, and I will perform wherever I wish to.
‘I am a dancer and everyone knows I am an artist.
She added: ‘I always get such reactions and these political parties always feel bad, whether I perform in Bhagwat, Ramayana, or get bhwan.’
Trans rights in India
RBS India recently made history when it offered trans-inclusive benefits for an employee.
The company paid for Prahasini Arumuga’s ‘life changing’ surgery.
But nearly all trans Indians face harassment and discrimination, according to a survey.
Much of this can come from the struggle for acceptance from their families.