Eunuchs, or men who lack external genitalia, are regarded as powerless in India and traditionally make a living on tips for dancing at weddings or blessing newborns.
But they are also known for extreme stubbornness and Patna, the capital of Bihar state in eastern India, hired scores of them Wednesday to compel shop owners to pay their tax arrears.
"We are confident that their reputation and persuasive skills will come in handy for the municipal authorities to collect taxes from defaulters," said Bharat Sharma, a revenue officer. ... The eunuchs would be asked to help collect outstanding taxes from private homes soon, Prasad said.
I can't say that I'd enjoy having ball-less dancers at my front door, but it would make for interesting dinnertime conversation.
I'm so glad you posted this article. I had a good laugh at work when I read it--I can't believe there are enough men with this condition in India who have their own "community" with this profession. Does this exist in the US? Could it? This story actually came from CNN.com and not the Onion. Furthermore, my co-workers co-worker hadn't heard of the Onion either and had a similar reaction to the paper--couldn't understand why people would read stories that weren't true. My co-worker and I were quite shocked h, however, this guy is socially inept, so then we weren't surprised that hadn't heard of the best satirical newspaper EVER!