In Pictures: Eunuchs in their own words
Time to celebrate

The city of Bangalore in southern India has just hosted the Festival of Hijras (Eunuchs) 2003 - a chance for eunuchs to let their hair down and compare their often traumatic life stories.

Most eunuchs were born male but feel themselves to be female underneath. Many have sometimes crude sex-change surgery but others do no more than cross-dress.

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