Eunuchs Fire – Eunuchs, from the hundreds, thronged the city’s Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital where many of over the over 30 injured in last night’s blaze at Nand Nagri community hall were undergoing treatment. Heart rending scenes were witnessed at the emergency gate and the mortuary of the hospital, where loud wails of the young and old, who had gathered to know about the fate of their loved ones, rented the air.
“When the fire broke there was chaos all around. I and my daughter were trying to make our way out. I tumbled thrice until I reached the exit gate. After that I fell unconscious. When I gained consciousness, I heard that my daughter was no more,” an eunuch from Gaziabad who was part of the congregation recalled.
Of all the 14 dead, majority were in their seventies and eighties, an police official said.A group of eunuchs barged into the duty officer’s room demanding to stop postmorterm of their dead relatives.
However, they withdrew their protest when they were consoled by other community members.
“My Guru adopted five eunuchs. I adopted two eunuchs and a normal girl who was abandoned by her parents in a Kolkata hospital. I toil day and night to give the best to the three children. My Guru is now no more but I have learnt from her to continue to smile in good and bad times,” said a eunuch whose Guru Shankari from Kolkata died in the blaze.