What to do when harassed by Hijra?
WelshIndian
India > India Travel Basics > India Travel > Scams and Annoyances in India
#16
| Loud Noisy Bird
Good grief, I had no idea that such sums were involved. Or such intrusion into property. Way beyond begging and well into criminal behaviour.

Originally posted by: snotty View Post

Anyways despite the reports of gangs, they are a marginalized community, very poor job opportunities, no respect or acceptance in the society and not many options at present to earn an livelihood.


I wonder if it happens here on the scale that Somnath describes? I think not, because I have never seen even one at a wedding, and I've been to a few weddings.

As mentioned above, when I travel by train, which I don't much (far more weddings than train trips, although some of the former entailed the latter), I travel AC. And I don't much use suburban trains, but when I have done I have not seen these people, just vendors.

So what have I seen? I see them on the street going from shop to shop, demanding money. The inference is that they will be embarrassing if they don't get it, so you could call it a protection racket. But I suspect that the sums they get from each shop are small, and on a par with what a beggar might receive: just a few rupees. Which is why I am so shocked by the sums that Somnath mentions!

I see them going from shop to shop... but, unlike beggars, I don't see them asking for money from everyone else on the street. I have been asked once: I dropped a friend and this guy/ess was just by the car. I just drove off.

I can understand snotty's point of view. I feel the same about beggars. Yes, I know that it is a family/gang business, but still, it's a lousy job, and I don't mind my occasional Rs.10 adding to their "results" for the day. Especially if they are old/disabled. (Or, ok, I've admitted it elsewhere: young and pretty).

Originally posted by: capt_mahajan View Post

I treat them the same as I would anybody else.
Captain hits nail on head.
~
Life gets aadhar every day.
.
#17
| Clueless




:whistling

Oh ! Jholawalis where have you gone !! Wipe your face for Tripura is gone! Oh Jholawalis where have you gone !

Leave the strays for now !! and another battle has to be fought and won !!!

There are many a bhodroloks gone rogue! Many a pocha lok to slay!!!

:whistling
#18
| Humble Genius
I think som got a very good deal. My observation was they started with demand of approx 1.25 lac at a cousins wedding , five years ago, in Jaipur. They held up several dozen guests cars from leaving, it was late in the night. I do not know what the 'settlement' was at. Their modus operandi is to earmark the house where a wedding is to be held - usually names of two or three of their party are to be found scribbled with crayons on the gate-pillar several days ahead of the ceremony. If a police presence prevents them from disturbing the ceremony itself, they will show up at the house a few days after the event and won't leave till a compromise is reached.
#19
| Clueless

The Future is here !!!

#20
| Search, be your own guru

Originally posted by: OldandRambling View Post

I just have a kiss and a cuddle with them, that is enough to send them running from me! :D
They are not that easy to get away from. They have tricks for which you would not have an answer. Don't underestimate them. :D
Truly that Dharma is the Truth (Satya); Therefore, when a man speaks the Truth, they say, "He speaks the Dharma"; and if he speaks Dharma, they say, "He speaks the Truth!" For both are one. - Brihadaranyak Upanishad
#21
| Search, be your own guru

Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Good grief, I had no idea that such sums were involved. Or such intrusion into property. Way beyond begging and well into criminal behaviour.

But I suspect that the sums they get from each shop are small, and on a par with what a beggar might receive: just a few rupees.

(Or, ok, I've admitted it elsewhere: young and pretty). :)
Not necessarily at the wedding, but a team would surely go to the house of the bridegroom and ask for baksheesh and the amount will depend on the prosperity of the family. 10-15,000 is not unheard of. My wife could handle them well. We gave 3-5,000 at the time of the birth of our grandchildren.

With shop keepers the amount they get is small but it is a regular income. If they harass the shop keepers, they in turn will gang up against the eunuch or complain to the police (remember, the police is already getting protection money from the shop keepers), and this income will dry up.

I won't to that otherwise my wife will be mighty displeased. :D
Truly that Dharma is the Truth (Satya); Therefore, when a man speaks the Truth, they say, "He speaks the Dharma"; and if he speaks Dharma, they say, "He speaks the Truth!" For both are one. - Brihadaranyak Upanishad

Related Posts