Manjamma Jogti, who has been awarded the country’s fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri, is being discussed a lot. After getting the Padma Shri, Jogti has now told about those phases of her life, which perhaps very few people know. When Jogti was fifteen years old, her family threw her out of the house for being transgender. The family members never allowed Jogti to come home again because perhaps she did not ‘fit’ between them.
In an interview to India Today, Jogti said that the biggest problem she faced after being evicted was survival. For which she started begging on the streets. During this time he also faced repeated sexual harassment and he even once tried to commit suicide by consuming poison.
Jogti tells that she survived even after consuming the poison but none of her family members including her 20 siblings came to see her at the hospital where she was admitted. On Tuesday, the same Jogti was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, by President Ram Nath Kovind. This award is given for his contribution to the arts. In a video that surfaced, Jogti can be seen wishing the President in a unique way.
#WATCH , Transgender folk dancer of Jogamma heritage and the first transwoman President of Karnataka Janapada Academy, Matha B Manjamma Jogati receives the Padma Shri award from President Ram Nath Kovind. pic.twitter.com/SNzp9aFkre
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How did Jogi’s life change?
In his interview, Jogti said that he learned to dance a folk dance, Jogti, to stay alive. Gradually she became so adept at Jogti dance that former Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa appointed her as the President of Karnataka Janapada Akademi, a government body for performing arts. Jogti is the first transgender to head that academy. Jogti further said that through her award, she wants to encourage the government to recognize the rights of the transgender community and provide them jobs and jobs and education.
This appeal for transgender children
Jogti said that the family should accept children like me, not ignore them or keep them in a corner. When Jogti was asked about wishing the President there, he said that I told him that he has been organizing this function for two days. I will remove the evil eyes that may have been cast. In response to which he said thanks.