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Marvia Mallik: First transgender person to be appointed as news anchor in Pakistan
Posted on: 27-03-2018 , 11:52:AM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: BBC

March 27, 2018: Marvia Mallik, a transgender, has become the first one to be appointed as a news anchor by a news channel in Pakistan.

Mallik, a journalism school graduate and model has been hired by a private news channel called Kohenoor and went on air for the first time on Friday.


As per reports the channel stated that the decision to hire Malik was “purely...on the basis of treating all humans equally”.


The news soon went viral on social media with many appreciating the move by the media organization.


Reportedly, Mallik had to be stopped from screaming with joy as she moved to tears when she learned she had got the job.


"The dream that I saw for myself, I was able to climb on the first stair to achieving it," she said.


She said she hoped her work would help improve the lives of Pakistan's transgender community.


"Our community should be treated equally and there must not be any gender discrimination. We should be given equal rights and be considered ordinary citizens, instead of third-gender."



She added: "My family knows I have modeled and they know that I work as a newscaster. It's the age of social media and there's nothing that my family doesn't know. But they have still disowned me."


This comes after Pakistan's Senate earlier this month supported a bill that would protect the rights of transgender people.


For although transgender people technically enjoy better rights in Pakistan than in many other nations, in practice they are marginalized and face discrimination in education and jobs; forcing many into begging, dancing or prostitution to earn money, as per BBC reports.

 
 

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