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This Indian Dancer Had Sex Reassignment Surgery To Live With Her Boyfriend From Pakistan

"That is the pinnacle of love and devotion that crosses boundaries of caste, creed, and even gender," said Meera, previously known as Gaurav.

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This is Lucknow-based kathak dancer and choreographer Meera (left), previously known as Gaurav Sharma (right).

She has worked with big stars in the Indian dance and film community, and has graced several stages with her performances. She has also written two books on Sufi poetry and has a keen interest in the Sufi ideology in general.

Meera fell in love with Rizwan, a Pakistani man, and she has undergone sex reassignment surgery to live with him.

Gaurav Sharma~ Raqs-e-Paiham / Via Facebook: gauravsharma.insightart

"It began on a very usual note about five years ago," Meera told Times of India.

As Gaurav, she had had affairs with women. She was about to get married when she met Rizwan, who's from Pakistan, online. She hasn't met him in real life yet.

"The companionship grew stronger and a time came when he became my mehboob (beloved). In Sufism, that is the pinnacle of love and devotion that crosses boundaries of caste, creed, and even gender," she further told Times of India.

"Internet surfing gave the solution in the form of sex conversion surgery for which both of us volunteered," she told TOI.

Gaurav Sharma~ Raqs-e-Paiham / Via Facebook: gauravsharma.insightart

Rizwan proposed to Meera, but when his mother began looking for a bride for him, the couple began to run out of hope. That was before looking into sex reassignment surgery online.

Meera consulted with Dr. Mithlesh Mitra, who made her go through counselling and hormone therapy. Her surgery required ₹8,00,000 ($12,000), which her friends raised. "Three surgeries took place in August, September, and October to help me embrace a dream life with my beloved," said Meera.

Meera's family was against her decision, with the exception of her sister, who supported her fully.

"I have immense faith in the Almighty. I cannot live without it (kathak). Now, Rizwan is by my side in my endeavour," said Meera, who's looking forward to meeting him for the first time in March.

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