By Adnan Abidi
Hardeep Singh, a father of two, leaves his home in west Delhi every day at around 2 p.m. Dressed in a pair of light trousers and a shirt, he reaches a local charity, where he undresses to reveal his female clothes underneath and transforms into Seema.
The 33 year old is a male-to-female transgender, or “hijra”, as they are known in India. Living with two identities, by day, he is a married family man and by night, a hijra sex worker.
With no legal recognition in India, transgenders like Seema have little choice but to turn to prostitution to earn a living, which is something she hides even from her family.
She has been working the streets since the age of 15, as well as with the life-long risks that come with the job, including HIV/AIDS.
She takes anti-retroviral drugs to control the infection – something I got to know while photographing her at her home with her family.