WEB DESK: A transgender has been appointed as principal of a woman college in India.
Manobi Bandyopadhyay has been appointed as principal
Her father was a factory worker and mother was a homemaker. Belonging to a middle class family, in the middle of her teaching career she decided to go through a surgery to change her gender in 2003 but the authorities gave her time as they refused to recognize the altered gender. It took almost took five years and a gutsy politician to finally twist things for Bandyopadhyay.
According to Bandyopadhyay, she was always popular within her students but her colleagues were not always supportive.
In 2009, India’s election authorities allowed transgenders to choose their gender as “other” on ballot forms. Last year, the Supreme Court declared the transgender community as a third gender and ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities.
Now India has a transgender TV anchor, earlier this year one became a mayor and now Bandyopadhyay became principal of Women College in Bengal.
“This is a new chapter in her life,” Debashish Gupta, says her adopted. “We are happy and we are tense. People can be very cruel, and want to trip her. Life as a transgender can be an eternal challenge.” He further added.