Speaking of Eunuchs
Every time I think I've come up with something totally absurd in my fiction, I get hit with the banana crème pie of reality:
All-singing, all-dancing eunuchs taxing
November 13, 2006 10:13am
Article from: Reuters
DANCING and singing eunuchs are knocking on doors in the Indian city of Patna in a bid to embarrass shopkeepers into paying their taxes.
The shock strategy, in which sari-clad and heavily made up eunuchs accompany officials on their rounds of crowded shopping areas in a country notorious for tax evasion and non-payment, has been declared a success.
"Some paid in cash, while others quickly wrote checks. The shock therapy, which we plan to use sparingly, was a grand success," Atul Prasad, a top official in impoverished Bihar state, of which Patna is the capital, said.
The novel tax-collection technique kicked off last week with boisterous eunuchs loudly demanding that mortified shopkeepers pay up - to the bemusement of scores of onlookers.
Taxmen pocketed 425,000 rupees ($12,484) from defaulters in a few hours.
I didn't think they still made eunuchs.