At the base of it all lies the pinching problem of discrimination, between sexes and races. Hijra used to be translated in English as "eunuch" or "hermaphrodite",  although LGBT historians or human rights activists have sought to include them as being transgender. Sidanius J, Pratto F. Shanaya Ober. A lot of transgenders, all across the world, have been victims of transphobia.
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Different from Radhika and most hijras, who spend their years in small, airless shanties with the smell of feces wafting through cracks in the walls, this guru, who calls herself Chandini, rents a relatively large apartment. Kamran Qureshi. Nysa devgan. Not all transgender people are hijras or members of guru families.
In some states, such as Kerala, in the south, a person can now get a sex change at a government hospital.