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Understanding the Psyche of the Indian Hijra:A Woman’s Soul in a Man’s Body

Author Affiliations

  • 1Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur, INDIA
  • 2 Dept. of Social Work, Dean of Social Sciences and Registrar, Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (7), Pages 62-64, July,14 (2013)

Abstract

A masculine physique, feminine clothes, garish make – up, a coquettish walk, loud attitude, the trademark clap, that is the HIJRA put in a nutshell. The overtly sexual language, sometimes bordering on vulgarity, an incessant demand for money and teasing comments all constitute the public behavior of the hijras. It is but natural that the behavior of the hijras is met with disgust by the average onlooker, curiousity by a few and fear by many as there is every chance that the pestering for money may culminate in a lifting of the saree to show a flash of the mutilated genitals. However, it is essential to look beyond the obvious. The human being that exists behind this rough and vulgar persona needs to be explored. Like the mask worn by actors on a stage, the hijras have donned this role from time immemorial. Behind this mask is an individual, as unique as every individual born on this earth is, with likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, feelings, sentiments , moments of fear, moments of joy and a desire for a life with family and friends. Of course, the so called sexual deviance touches every aspect of life of the hijras. Every small wish seems like a big dream, impossible to achieve, every dream is questioned by the norms of the society. This article tries to delve into the heart, the mind, the psyche of the hijras and understand the human being hidden behind the public image.

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