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‘Bring third sex into main stream!’

Anupam Srivastava, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, June 17, 2013
First Published: 11:38 IST(17/6/2013) | Last Updated: 11:42 IST(17/6/2013)

The Veteran Sahayata Samiti, which has been fighting against forcible extortion by eunuchs in the city, has now raised a new debate to bring the third gender into the main stream. According to the officials of Veteran Sahayata Samiti, the only solution of eunuchs’ problem lies in their rehabilitation and being accepted as the third sex.

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The samiti feels that if same gender marriages can take place these days, eunuchs too can be rehabilitated and given similar opportunities. The Sahayata Samiti has also organised some seminars to address the problem.

Founder president of Veteran Sahayta Samiti Colonel Mohan Chandra Papnai, who has been fighting against the illegal extortion by eunuchs in the state capital, says, “By bringing them into the mainstream the menace of extortion can be handled in a better way. They can also check anti-social elements if they work in the police. With their strong build and height, they can be good body guards too.”

An advisor to Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki had written to ministry of home affairs and ministry of defence last year to form a regiment in the army for eunuchs. In his recommendation, he had said that they could serve the country better this way and as they did not have families or emotional attachments, they would prove good warriors.

Sahayata Samiti members have been observing the behaviour of eunuchs for the past three years. “We have observed them silently in railway compartments, during marriages and at traffic signals. They act hostile but when confronted they run away and are afraid of society.”

However, the Samiti , mostly comprising ex-servicemen, which also runs a helpline for residents fed up with menace of eunuchs, feels that these transgenders need to be relocated and brought into mainstream, like in the western countries.

Eunuchs earn a living by dancing and singing at wedding or birthday ceremonies, but the tiff arises when they demand hefty amounts from the hosts. The helpline receives more than 20 calls per day from residents to save them from eunuchs. During the off season, eunuchs go on extortion sprees in the market.

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