Web Desk(March 24, 2018): A local broadcaster has hired a transgender newscaster for the first time in Pakistan’s history, said a senior journalist on Twitter on Sunday.
The journalist posted a picture of Maavia Malik and wrote “Pakistan’s first newscaster on screen now-Maavia Malik.”
— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) March 23, 2018
Shiraz Hassan, who is associated with BBC, didn’t give further details.
Pakistan’s Senate, the upper house of country’s parliament, recently approved a bill for the protection of transgender persons, empowering them to determine their own gender identity.
Pakistan’s (world’s?) first ever transgender news anchor! pic.twitter.com/irfCUMDVLP
— Shamila Ghyas (@ShamilaGhyas) March 24, 2018
The report of a transgender person appearing on TV as a newscaster received a positive response on Twitter, with a senior blogger and a female TV anchor expressing best wishes for her.
Country’s transgender population, according to the census carried out last year, stands at 10,418 — 0.005 percent of the total population of over 207 million.
Last year a court ruled that transgender people would be counted in the national census for the first time.