Wednesday, May 26, 2010

a community of eunuchs

Eunuch wedding halted

The article says,

Pakistan has a large population of eunuchs living all over the country.
The community was recently granted official status by Pakistan's supreme court.

How and why "a large population of eunuchs" came to pass is not explained. So I am left to wonder -- is it punishment or elevation or sterilization or ... what's at the root?

Inquiring minds....

Well, another BBC article says the group lives on the impoverished fringes of society and, without saying why, notes:

The eunuchs, known as "hijras" in Pakistan, are men castrated at an early age for
medical or social reasons.


1 comment:

  1. Fascinating. Some are apparently transgendered and others apparently former catamites.