Delhi fire claimed prominent eunuch `gurus`

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 19:02

New Delhi: Prominent eunuch community
`gurus`, who adopt transgender children abandoned by their
families, died in the fire that occurred at a meeting of the
community in east Delhi recently.

14 eunuchs died and 36 were injured on Sunday night when
a major fire swept through an east Delhi community hall where
a congregation of the community was taking place.
"Most of those who died were prominent gurus. When
parents shut their doors to a hijra child born in the family,
it is these gurus who adopt them. They are like our parents.
Many in my community have been orphaned," Laxmi Narayan
Tripathi, a transgender who recently participated in the fifth
season of TV reality show `Big Boss`, said.

She said she will soon be visiting the injured admitted
in the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital here. The
transgender-activist had said the purpose of her participation
in the reality show was to highlight the cause of her
community.

"We are being held responsible for the NOC thing
(administrative clearance for holding the meet). Sadly,
the government fails to realise that there is so much of
stigma against us that majority are uneducated. So how can we
be held responsible. I will soon visit my injured sisters who
are in different hospitals in Delhi," she said
While most of the injured are undergoing treatment at the
Guru Tegh Bahdur hospital, four were shifted to Lok Nayak Jai
Prakash hospital and two in Maulana Azad Medical college.

Dr Raj Pal, medical superintendent, Guru Tegh Bahadur
hospital said, "Now 25 are admitted with us. All admitted are
having 30 to 45 per cent burns. Only one person with 85 per
cent burns is still critical. Many injured persons relatives
shifted their near dear ones to another hospital.

"Since they are in a state of shock we are doing our
level best for them. We are providing them food of their
choice. They demanded Bisleri water and that was immediately
provided," he said.

Laxmi said, "Those who died were charred beyond
recognition. Most were elderly and heavy built so could not
run and escape the tragedy."

PTI




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