Sharda with her neighbours child, Sharda was castrated by her Guru at eighteen years of age, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,
The hijra community still faces low social standing in South Asia today. Often times these individuals must revert to sex work to earn a living. Despite their social status, hijras are considered auspicious in modern day India, where they are often times asked to bless special occasions such as weddings and childbirths. If treated improperly, hijras are also believed to curse such functions.