NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian man who left his wife and two young children two years ago shocked his family when he returned home as an eunuch, wearing garish red lipstick, the Asian Age newspaper said Thursday. After a fight with his wife, the jobless Nabiullah left his family in Hathipur town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in the summer of 2003 to look for work, the paper reported.

During his absence, he got himself castrated and became a eunuch, earning money by singing and dancing, a common form of employment among India’s ostracized community of eunuchs.

“I was always fond of singing and dancing, but felt suffocated in my body as a man,” Nabiullah was quoted as saying.

His wife, Shama Parveen, fainted when he returned home late last month and now wants a divorce.

“I cannot live with this eunuch and subject myself and my children to social ridicule,” she was quoted as saying.


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