India hails first transgender newsreader after law recognises third sex Padmini Prakash has become India's first transgender newsreader, after India's Supreme Court recognised transgenders as third sex Padmini Prakash works at Lotus News in Tamil Nadu By Dean Nelson, New Delhi 11:31AM BST 22 Sep 2014 A 31-year-old transgender woman who was abandoned by her family at 15 has been hired to anchor an Indian television channel's headline news show after winning plaudits for her broadcasting style. Padmini Prakash, a former actor and social activist, made her debut as a newsreader last month, just five months after a landmark Supreme Court ruling recognised transgender people as India's third sex. Her appointment as anchor on Lotus TV's 7pm news programme marks a significant advance for transgender people, who are more commonly associated with aggressive begging in the towns and cities of the Indian subcontinent. India’s transgenders include those who feel they were born into the wrong sex, men born with deformed genitals and effeminate boys disowned by their families and sent to live in eunuch colonies. Usually known as "hijras" and eunuchs, they are often rejected by their families and earn their living by aggressive begging – harassing wedding parties, families of newborn male babies and unchaperoned lovers in public parks.