Saturday, March 04, 2006

Murder in the Hijra Community

It has been a while since I have seen an article about the Hijra community, but this one makes me sad. After so much good news about the community gaining acceptance in India and be able to teach people more about themselves, it seems they are now feeling the backlash of their work.
This article is about a murder that happened to a Hijra by "armed criminals". According to the article this was a shock to the other Hijras in this community because criminals usually leave them alone. This would make sense with their position on the fringe of society. From the other things I have been reading about India, this sad event makes some sense as an eventuality. If there is a positive coming from this, it seems to be pushing the hijra community to stay together and demand the goverenment provide them with the things they deserve. In this case they are demanding police protection.