Story of a trans photojournalist who was beaten while stripping during the night
The story of Zoya Thomas Lobo from Mumbai is touching. What he has done in his career surprises everyone. In fact, he says, ‘All 17-18 year old transgender people understand that they will be sex workers. Once, assuming I was a sex worker, the policeman approached me. When I started arguing with him, he took me to the police station. Beaten all night, sexually assaulted. I also had a boy with me. We were both naked and beaten. I moaned in pain. Somehow, in the morning, she ran away from there.
Zoya’s mother was afraid that if she revealed her identity, society would consider her a sex worker. Not only that, but like other trans women, they will also be tortured. Although Zoya loved capturing nature in the camera since childhood, so he chose his career in photography. Zoya bought cameras begging and is now India’s first trans photojournalist. Today, his story inspires thousands of people. Zoya says, “I hid the woman in me. Since childhood, I liked to dress like a woman. My body language was also similar to women. It was nice to play with girls. people wondered why I was talking like that. Why am I sitting among the girls? Zoya added: “Finally one day I spoke my mind to my mother and at the age of 18 I met a guru from the transgender community where I came from in my world. The trans community has no work in our society. So, I used to beg on the local Mumbai train, I still ask today, but the dream was to become a photographer.’
Telling the story of buying a camera further, he said, “I bought an old camera with the little money left by asking for it on the train and earning income on Diwali I learned to fly a camera by watching YouTube but the work I still needed I can speak all three languages Hindi, English and Marathi My father was a caretaker He lived in Mahin district of Mumbai “There was a roof, it also disappeared with his death. He slept under the overflow for months. He also did the job of cleaning the theater for a few months. “I was lucky enough to work in a short footage and that was a turning point for me. After that, Zoya started her career as a freelance journalist. Now, in today’s time, photo journal, digital… he has acquired the identity of a photojournalist on different platforms.
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