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A Tribe in Peril: The Hijra in Mumbai

A Tribe in Peril: The Hijra in Mumbai

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Gomzi, 28, works in the sex trade in Mumbai.

 

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Husna and Gomzi play affectionately with each other. They are both part of the same hijra "family group." Husna is also a sex worker. She picks up clients at the train station and says, "I don’t think about the danger because I have to survive."

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Despite the fact there are 1 million hijras in India, they still attract attention wherever they go.

 

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Two hijras during Mumbai's Gay Pride march.

 

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The graceful, Urmi, is a Transgender Representative with The Humsafar Trust. She works six days a week supporting the hijra in different communities spread throughout Mumbai.

 

These are just some of the many hijra I met in Mumbai. Their stories describe the positive work being done by organisations such as The Humsafar Trust, but also the emotionally and physically difficult and dangerous lives hijra are still forced to lead in contemporary India.

See more about the hijra and more of Alison McCauley's work on her Web site.

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