IS DU TRANS­GEN­DER FRIENDLY? ‘NO WAY’

Stu­dents of the third gen­der share how they are mis­treated in Delhi Univer­sity dur­ing the ad­mis­sion process

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Garg ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Delhi Univer­sity’s move to in­clude the third gen­der in its ad­mis­sion forms in 2014 was hailed as a pro­gres­sive move, mak­ing trans­gen­ders hope­ful of in­clu­sive­ness. But the lat­ter re­mains a dream. The ill­treat­ment by of­fi­cials and stu­dents dur­ing ad­mis­sions leaves them dis­heart­ened, with many opt­ing out of col­lege.

This year, since ad­mis­sions in DU opened on May 22, 36 ap­pli­ca­tions from trans­gen­ders have been re­ceived so far.

Shar­ing her or­deal, Anu, a Delhi-based trans­gen­der, re­calls, “When we were fil­ing the form on cam­pus, of­fi­cials asked us: ‘Kab se trans­gen­der ho aap? Kitne dino se?’ I was shocked. Padhe-likhe log bhi aisi baatein karte hain!”

Wish­ing not to be named, another trans­gen­der from Delhi re­calls be­ing teased with slurs. “I ap­proached a group of stu­dents to find get di­rec­tions to the win­dow for fill­ing up the ap­pli­ca­tion for School of Open Learn­ing. They called me a ‘chhaka’. I knew right then that I won’t be one of them.” She adds that de­jected stu­dents like her quit stud­ies and re­sort to vo­ca­tional train­ing.

Col­lege author­i­ties say they do their bit to pro­mote equal­ity, but a lot more is re­quired. Dr Rama Sharma, prin­ci­pal of Hans Raj Col­lege, says, “We keep or­gan­is­ing coun­selling ses­sions to sen­si­tise our staff and stu­dents about this.”

Gur­preet Singh Tuteja, Deputy Dean Stu­dents’ Wel­fare, DU, how­ever, adds: “The aware­ness should be­gin at the school level it­self, oth­er­wise these stu­dents are bound to face such is­sues.”

Mean­while, trans­gen­der Anu vol­un­teers with Del­hibased SPACE NGO to sen­si­tise young­sters, teach­ers to­wards the third gen­der. “We’re work­ing with 15 schools,” she says.

While fil­ing the ad­mis­sion form on cam­pus, of­fi­cials asked us: ‘Kab se trans­gen­der ho aap? Mat­lab kitne dino se?’ ANU, FROM DELHI De­spite trans­gen­ders be­ing given the pro­vi­sion of study­ing with the main­stream, peo­ple shoo us away like an­i­mals ISHA, WHO HAILS FROM UP

PHOTO: ZABEEH AFAQUE/HT

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