The existence of eunuchs in the society, challenges the system not only to acknowledge multiple sexes, but also to accept the idea, in myth and reality, that sex and gender can be changed within an individual’s lifetime. Eunuchs were usually not accepted by the mainstream value which always made them psychological distortion. However, once eunuchs got married, they could receive love from the opposite sex, which relieves their inner self-esteem and allows them to experience the warmth of family.
However, societal attitude towards them is ambivalent. While society accords eunuchs as sexually ambiguous figures, a measure of power and accepts, if not requires, their presence on auspicious occasions, their sexual ambiguity also has an inauspicious potential. Representing a classic threatening ‘other’ vis a vis self, eunuchs inspire both attraction and fear, thereby they are marginalized by the mainstream and driven ‘underground’. Diverse and plural Indian society recognizes yet marginalizes sexual minorities simultaneously, thereby failing to engage in the specificities of their predicaments. In this way society becomes complicit in maintaining and continuing their state of marginality and accompanying deprivation. It is almost that modernity in terms of rationality and human rights discourses have not touched them at all.
The existence of eunuchs in the society, challenges the system not only to acknowledge multiple sexes, but also to accept the idea, in myth and reality, that sex and gender can be changed within an individual’s lifetime. Also important is re-working of the discourses on ‘normative’ or heterosexuality. Such a re-examination by the society will bring about greater tolerance and acceptance by the mainstream of the diversity.