KALI HIJRA : LIFE OF A EUNUCH

Today in train a Eunuch sat beside me. She was identical by face as we take train daily at the same station. But never had talked. Even today I was busy with newspaper. A friend started gossip with her and in very gossip I also got attracted. I was just shocked that Kali Hijra is no more now due to malfunction of kidney. Kali Hijra said bye to this world in May 2013. Don’t know about her feeling at the last moment but she was bold and courageous. Kali Hijra had experienced a lot of suffering in her life time. Her family was also disturbed.
Kali Hijra was known to me since childhood. Family of Kali Hijra used to live in a rented house near Janta Road (Jakkanpur), Patna. I can recall when first time I saw her. I was only eight years old that time. Her married brother had done suicide by burning himself in fire due to any family dispute. Her one brother Bali is mad. First time I had learnt that even life is so precious that nobody wants to lose it. Kali Hijra’s brother had cried a lot that time for help and survival. But it was too late. If he had delayed to fire and could understand the pressure of life expectation! Bali was mad but before fire he had tried a lot to convince and stop in which way he could do full capacity. Bali had wept. Tear…. Tear and only Tear. Who should say him – mad? Perhaps I can’t forget all these things. Even in P.G. class I had challenged a lecturer during the description. After these, Kali Hijra took care of rest family members directly or indirectly. After a long gap in June 2002, Kali Hijra got position of ward councillor of ward 10 of Patna (PMC). She earned immense popularity due to hard work in ward 10. But in the next election her application was rejected on the gender basis as ward was reserved for female. Kali Hijra is now no more to enjoy her right while in recent decision, Supreme Court has ordered for the Third Gender.

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