20 Nov '11, 7pm

India eunuchs killed in fire

India eunuchs killed in fire

NEW DELHI: At least 14 eunuchs were killed Sunday when a fire swept through a venue in New Delhi where nearly 1,000 members of the marginalised community had gathered for a national convention, police said. The fire broke out around 7pm (1330 GMT, 9.30pm Singapore time) and quickly spread through the community hall in east Delhi where the meeting was taking place, as well as tents erected in the grounds of the venue. Police officials at the site said 12 bodies had been recovered and another two people were reported to have died of their burns in hospital. More than 35 people were injured in the blaze. In India the term "eunuch" is mostly used to refer to cross-dressers and pre- and post-operative transsexuals. Indian eunuchs are severely marginalised and, unable to gets jobs, rely on begging and the sex trade for income. The fire erupted on the final evening of a three-day...

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