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    Eunuch creates history by winning state elections

    Indian eunuch creates history by winning state elections
    NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (AFP) -
    An Indian eunuch created electoral history Friday by becoming the first member from the widely-reviled sexual minority to get elected to a state legislature.

    Shabnam Mausi (Shabnam Aunty), an independent candidate from the sprawling central state of Madhya Pradesh, won a seat from Sohagpur constituency.

    Mausi defeated the sitting candidate from India's main opposition Congress party by 17,863 votes, an official at India's autonomous Election Commission said.

    Madhya Pradesh is ruled by the Congress party.

    Khairati Lal Bhola, founder of the All India Hijra Kalyan Sabha (Eunuchs Welfare Society), told AFP the victory was a landmark achievement for the estaimated 1.2 million eunuchs scattered around the country.

    "It is a great day, a great victory. I salute the people who voted Shabnam Mausi to power.

    "It is the fundamental right of every citizen irrespective of sex, to stand for elections.

    "This news is all the more remarkable since eunuchs did not have voting rights until 1994 when the Supreme Court enfranchised them after we made an appeal that eunuchs should have the right to cast their ballot."

    Eunuchs are known as hijras, Urdu for "impotent ones," in India. They consider themselves neither men nor women, but members of a "third sex." However, they generally adopt feminine names and dress.

    Some were born with deformed genitalia, a small fraction are hermaphrodites, and others are homosexual cross-dressers.

    Bhola said the electoral victory, however, would not automatically end centuries of oppression and discrimination.

    "Society has inflicted a lot of pain and suffering upon them. Most of them are young boys who were abducted and castrated. That cannot vanish overnight."

    #2
    No big deal yar. There are plenty of them already in the Parliament

    CM

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      #3
      I was just going to say that !!

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