Yesterday as I was walking towards home at night, all engrossed and not paying attention to what was happening around me; suddenly someone was standing in front of me. Startled, I looked up to see a Eunuch blocking my way, asking for money.
I admit I was scared. This is not the first time a eunuch has crossed my path. But they look so intimidating every time. I wanted to run away, but I couldn’t move. I didn’t want to give any money as well. I mean why? They are healthy people who can earn their living like normal people do. All that crap about them not being considered normal and no one wanting to give them jobs is just an excuse.
In India, if they say a bad word to you, it is taken as a curse. I mean, it happens so many times. They ask for money, you say ‘NO’, and they leave shouting obscenities like ‘you will never get married, you will never have children, your shop will go bankrupt’. And people actually consider it bad Omen as they are believed to have occult powers, so they end up paying. And so many of them are just not genuine. They are men who dress up as women to get money out of people.
I watched a documentary on CNN past weekend on Eunuchs. One of them said that real eunuchs never trouble people; they earn their living out of hardships.
I don’t know how true it is.
Also I am aware that these people have a hard life, I am not denying that. I am no one to criticize anybody’s lifestyle. I think they can live the way they want to unless they don’t trouble others. Stopping people on road asking for money, cursing if they don’t come up with it, IS trouble. And I am against it.
But then sometimes you don’t have any choice. What is one supposed to do when they block your way and refuse to move?