Bangalore, the silicon valley of my country, India, is a special place. It's a fairly young city where thousands of IT professionals from across the world work. Clean, fresh, new and daring. There's something unique about this place. When you reach the traffic signal at Hebbal from the time you enter the city from the Bangalore Airport, you will find the eunuchs come to your car asking for money. And what's more astonishing is many people will wind down their window glasses and shell out coins and cash. One such day I concentrated to study them- a group of 5-9 eunuchs crossing the road, all moderately dressed in saree, bangles in their hands, long hair braided come to my car. I let down my window and gave a five rupee coin and our eyes met. I found sadness and hopelessness in them.Since then I find myself shell out cash everytime at Hebbal traffic junction inspite of being someone not in favour of giving money to beggars.

But then can these eunuchs really be called beggars??? Beggars I would like to believe are people who choose to not work, fiend handicap of some kind and take money from us. In this case, these eunuchs cant really be called beggars. These are people that the society has not accepted as one of them.These are people who never get employed just because the employers are uncomfortable with their identity. They are people who the world has chosen to not 'look' at. I such a scenario, these people I feel require all the sympathy, support, care and sensitivity not because they are left behind by us but because they are not even there in the 'rat race'.

Till a day we can embrace them and give them jobs in our own office, invite them for the party at home or be seen with them as a friend, I want to lower my car windows each time a hand reaches out and after all its just a 10-rupee note from me.

'There's A Place In Your Heart And I Know That It Is Love And This Place Could Be Much Brighter Than Tomorrow And If You Really Try You'll Find There's No Need To Cry In This Place You'll Feel There's No Hurt Or Sorrow.....


Urmila Chanam Humanitarian Writer/Columnist Bangalore, India


So strange that I did not notice these eunuchs. Are they the same as the homos? Does it means that being a eunuch can deprive one of a job?

We have beggars in Nigeria they are not eunuchs, but how can one recognise a eunuch if he did not tell?

Strange world.

Thank you for th eact of kindness. You will be rewarded abundantly....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre, 713 Road, A Close, Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

"Hijra", a Hindi term traditionally translated into English as "eunuch", actually refers to what modern Westerners would call male-to-female transgender people and effeminate homosexuals (although some of them reportedly identify as belonging to a third sex). Some of them undergo ritual castration, but the majority do not. They usually dress in saris (traditional Indian garb worn by women) or shalwar kameez (traditional garb worn by women in South Asia) and wear heavy make-up. They typically live in the margins of society, face discrimination and earn their living in various ways, e.g., by coming uninvited at weddings, births, new shop openings and other major family events and singing until they are paid or given gifts to go away. The ceremony is supposed to bring good luck and fertility, while the curse of an unappeased hijra is feared by many. Other sources of income for the hijra are begging and prostitution. The begging is accompanied by singing and dancing and the hijras usually get the money easily. Some Indian provincial officials have used the assistance of hijras to collect taxes in the same fashion; they knock on the doors of shopkeepers, while dancing and singing, and embarrass them into paying.

To 'Stop The Abuse of Rights' for these people would be to give them a livelihood. You can recognize a eunuch from the way he dresses as a female.

Hope to keep in touch to share our views on discrimination.

Warm regards, Urmila Chanam Bangalore

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

I met some of them but strange that they beg for money. Hmmmnnn, they are with a woman who is my good friend in India.

I studied Transformation in Visthar Dooda Gubbi Post with Mercy Kappen.... We are together dear sister.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre, 713 Road, A Close, Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

Dear Olutosin,

You know the saddest part about the hijras/transgenders is that they are socially, economically and politically secluded from the rest of the society in India. This means education, health, employment and civic opportunities dont quite reach them what's more, because they are condemned and ridiculed, they are more susciptible to harrassment, violence, sexual abuse and murder.

If they beg, its perhaps because they cant find anything else.

Hope I helped:):) Wish you a happy woman's day my friend.

Love Urmila

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”