A census official collects information from eunuchs during the second phase of the census in Bhopal, India, 09 February 2011. (EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA)
Transgender - how did this community go from revered to living on the fringes of society? That is the plight of India’s estimated 5 million “hijras.”The term applies to a diverse group who identify as neither male nor female. They can range from natural intersex to male cross dresser. Respected by the Mughals, but considered criminals by British colonisers, today many live as sex workers and beggars. We speak to hijra and transgender activists who say not enough is being done to make them fully accepted members of Indian society again. Join us at 19:30 GMT.