Members of India's transgender community take first Kumbh Mela swim

For decades Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has fought India's conservative laws and beliefs to bring the transgender community equal with the rest of society, and now she has notched up a new milestone.

On Tuesday, she and dozens of other "Kinnars" splashed in the sacred waters of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers alongside at the immense Kumbh Mela festival in northern India.

It was the first time that members of India's estimated two-million-strong transgender community have been allowed to do so at the festival, the biggest religious gathering in the world.