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Eunuchs to handcuff Delhi cops with rakhis

Shara Ashraf, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 02, 2012
First Published: 00:30 IST(2/8/2012) | Last Updated: 11:27 IST(2/8/2012)

Delhi cops will have their hands - or at least wrists - full this Rakhi. In a bid to get cops to support their community, a group of eunuchs will visit police stations, tying rakhis to cops.

"Eunuchs and transgenders are treated as outcasts. Cops' support will make it easier for them to assert their rights," says Rupika Dhillion, director, Space (Society for Peoples' Awareness, Care & Empowerment), which started the campaign.

"I hear eight to nine cases of eunuchs being harassed by police every day. I hope this helps sensitise cops," says LGBT activist and lawyer Shashi Bhushan.

For those who aren't easy to reach, like the SHOs, ACPs and the Delhi Police commissioner, 'e-rakhis' - greetings sent online - will have to do.

Eunuchs hope their newfound 'brothers' will live up to expectations.

"I lost my family long ago. I tied a rakhi to someone after ages and couldn't help crying. Hope my brother values this relationship," says 30-year-old Sanjana, who tied one to Bhupender Kumar, stationed at Majnu Ka Tila.

Among cops, however, the jury is still out.

"It's a good initiative. Eunuchs are humans, too, and deserve to live with dignity," says Mohinder Singh, SHO, Civil Lines.

DCP Sanjay Bhatia has a different take: "We are duty bound to protect all citizens. There is no need for eunuchs to make special appeals by tying rakhis."

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