Mahabharata, one of the epics of Hinduism, talks about Shikandi, a eunuch. Shikandi was used as shield by Arjuna to defeat Bhisma. Bhisma had earlier taken a vow that he will not find a eunuch. Eunuchs find mention in several ancient Indian texts.
They are also widely mentioned in Indian history, especially as keepers of harem. On close scrutiny of historical data, we find that the eunuchs were being used mostly as prostitutes. Only in rare occasions have they been able to rise above this image.
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People who scoff at the hijras during daylight approach them for perverted sex. Most of the eunuchs are forced to offer sexual service to such perverted minds for their daily bread. Most of the hijras end up having various sexually transmitted diseased including AIDS.
In hospitals, they are made to wait endlessly as their sex cannot be determined. Some officials use this precarious situation to create a comic scene in the hospital. All this is happening when there is clear directive that the hijras should be put under female category. The hijras in
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Police use IPC 377 against eunuchs, which is a section without bail and which can get them a jail term from six months to seven years. A legal petition against this police act is pending in the Supreme Court.
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Educating the eunuchs and accommodating them in the mainstream society is the only solution to end the numerous troubles faced by them. Most of them can be pulled out of prostitution by providing employment. The Hindu society should come forward to accommodate these people with the mainstream society.
It must be noted that nobody purposefully becomes a eunuch they are born like that. A eunuch can be born in any family.