Attack of the Hijras?

Has anyone noticed that the population of hijras has increased exponentially? Specially the fact that there are so many in some areas (like Johar chorangi) that they have gotten rid of all the beggars and all you can see there are gyrating hijras.

Also, what’s up with this superstition in our culture that you just *have* to give something to hijras. People who won’t give money to handicapped people or very old and needy people will still give something to hijras. Are the gyrating hijras more deserving than a person who for example has lost both arms?

11 Comments so far

  1. Rohail (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2005 @ 10:21 pm

    Yeah u r absolutely correct there has been a rise in this hijra population more so because of this misconception of getting cursed by them if u dont give them bucks so more and more ppl in this trade are disguising and earning money this way i think we should use our brains and try to help the handicapped and deserving instead

  2. hafsa (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 12:31 am

    the govt. did some cleaning up of these fellows a few months back but it seems like they’re back on full strength. in my opinion, most, if not all, of these fellows are men who have changed their get up just to make income out of this. plus, people give them money to get rid of them asap not because they’re super stitious.

  3. Moid (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 12:31 am

    Some Hijras r just male prostitutes. It is a prosperous business in Pak

  4. Kashif (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 3:20 am

    The regular beggars have been largely replaced by eunuchs (hijras) – They should be discouraged and shunned due to their immoral activities.

    On an informative note, here is the entry in wikipedia:

  5. Inspirex (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 6:01 am

    i totally agree….
    i read an article on the male prostitution bit as well..

  6. TEE BEE (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 10:44 am

    Begging is immoral, and forbidden in Islam as well. I think no one should give anything even to a handicapped….there are stil several ways a person can earn a living without asking for money from others…its all about having ethics and some confidence in yourself…but looks like that ‘begging’ has became a mere business and is being exploited by large number of people. Government should really step up and shun all these activities which are making this society a harder place to live day by day

  7. S.E. (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 11:39 am

    From what I’ve heard, dressing up as hijras and begging at traffic signals has become a very ‘in’ thing, even among middle and upper class youth. Its disgusting!

  8. Kashif (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 11:49 am

    TEE BEE: Begging is neither encouraged nor forbidden in islam.

  9. TEE BEE (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 2:57 pm

    Kashif: Find some text below related to begging in Islam.

    The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, has made it Haram for a Muslim to beg money from others without dire necessity, thus losing his honor and dignity. He says: “He who begs without need is like a person holding a burning piece of coal in his hand.” (Reported by Al-Bayhaqi and by Ibn Khuzaymah)

    He also says: “Anyone who begs from people in order to increase his wealth will have his face scratched on the Day of Resurrection, and will eat burning stones from Hell; so let him reduce it (his punishment) or let him increase it as he pleases.” (Reported by At-Tirmidhi) This means that it is up to him to decrease his punishment by not begging, and vice-versa.


  10. Kashif (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 11:32 pm

    The words ‘dire neccessity’ are there so it’s not ‘forbidden’ which mean offlimits whatever the circumstances could be.

    Now, let’s not fight over this :)

  11. TEE BEE (unregistered) on December 24th, 2005 @ 1:46 pm

    Sure man it was just a mere discussion..

    peace brother!!

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