Demand job for dignified life
The population of third gender has remained neglected for thousands of years. Now with many of them, who have pursued education to some level, have been demanding work to leading a respectable life.
The only source of their earning was begging. Dancing during marriage or other ceremonies is their traditional profession. Their blessings are considered to be important during marriage or after birth of a child in the family.
In Nagpur, now they can be seen in several squares, begging for their livelihood.
Several studies have been made on the life of the eunuchs in the country. Their presence in Indian society can be traced for thousands of years. Their mention can be seen in historical and mythological stories as well.
Dr Jayashree Giradkar, Dr Nanda Bhure, both teachers with Social Work Colleges in Nagpur have carried out extensive studies on their life.
Dr Bhure stated that during the lockdown due to Covid 19 pandemic, they were the worst sufferers. Majority of them live in Hansapri, Hasanbag, Mominpura and Khadan areas. They are about 1500 in the city.
As restrictions were imposed on celebrations of marriages, birthdays etc, the eunuchs had little opportunity to earn. Many of them also suffered from the dreaded virus. Some social organisations offered them dry ration kits. However, the support was meagre.
With the relaxation of restrictions on movement on city roads, a large number of eunuchs can be seen on important squares. They are begging alms from vehicle owners on road, in front of restaurants etc. Unfortunately many of them can be seen without face masks.
Dr Bhure, who is still working for their welfare, stated that awareness on following the Covid 19 protocol will be undertaken immediately. Not using face mask can result in them spreading the infection and also getting it from others.
These eunuchs, through their association, have been requesting government and local civic authorities to give them opportunity to work. The work based on their education and other capabilities may be offered. Many of them had expressed interest in joining the Indian Armed Forces. Many of them are pursuing education through open universities or distance learning elsewhere.