India Woman Faked Being A Man For 36-years To Protect Her Daughter

A devious woman is said to have spent 36 years impersonating a guy in order to protect her daughter and keep herself safe from stalkers.

S.Petchiammal, from Tamil Nadu in southern India, made the extraordinary sacrifice of parenting the child alone for decades.

Married at the age of 20, she tragically lost her husband while pregnant with his daughter only 15 days after their wedding, and life as a single mother proved difficult in her village’s rigid, traditional, and occasionally dangerous atmosphere.

Petchiammal eventually chose to leave, and after a personal visit to Tiruchendur Murugan Temple, where she rechristened herself as ‘Muthu,’ she began to cut her hair and change her clothes.

The devoted mum then spent the rest of her life keeping her true identity a secret from everyone but her daughter and close members of family as she took on a range of manual jobs, including work in construction, hotels and tea shops.

Revealing the story of her life in disguise as a man, Ms Petchiammal told the New India Express: “We resettled at Kattunayakkanpatti over 20 years ago. Only my close relatives back home and my daughter knew that I am a woman,”

“I did all kinds of jobs, from working as a painter, tea master, parotta master to 100-day work. I saved every penny to ensure a safe and secure life for my daughter”

“After days, Muthu [a male name] turned to be my identity, which in turn was mentioned on all documents, including Aadhaar, Voter ID, and bank account.”

Petchiammal added that while her daughter has now married, she is not willing to revert back to female attire yet as she thinks the identity she took on gave her child a “safer life” — and so believes she should die as the same person.

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