Scattered around the poorer districts of the city of Lahore, are small groups of “hijra”. They are cultural descendants of the Mughal Empire court eunuchs, who now earn their living performing ceremonies, or as beggars, dancers, and sometimes as prostitutes. They maintain their traditions and culture while the community around them respects their rights within certain restrictive boundaries. The community is a mixture of transexuals and transvestites, some having undergone crude sex change operations.
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