May 11, 2017

Definition of a Eunuch

The dictionary meaning of a eunuch is: A castrated man, especially one in charge of a harem, or a high-voiced singer; an ineffectual person, lacking in some way in force or power. While reviewing the history of eunuchs, we came across two types: Congenital eunuch: A congenital eunuch is one born with ambiguous genitals. Also referred toas a hermaphrodite or a natural eunuch. In the West and congenital eunuch is known as an intersexual, which is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of male or female. In Urdu, a congenital eunuch is called a ‘khusra.’
May 4, 2017

Congenital Eunuchs vs. Transgenders

In May 2015, Muhammad Khan Sheerani, the Chairman of the Council for Islamic Ideology (CII) said that eunuchs are a part of society and should be considered part of the family. Their male and female genetic analysis must to be done so that they may be granted status accordingly. Mr. Sheerani was talking about congenital eunuchs, who are born with ambiguous genitals. Such persons are also known as intersexuals. At present, in Pakistan, eunuchs are often categorized under the umbrella term: transgender. This includes: hermaphrodites (khusras), transvestites (zenanas), and transsexuals (narbans). The term ‘transgender’ often times, includes lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGB) too.