The Asian Age

‘ Other’ gen­der op­tion in forms

The move was also wel­comed by ul­tra- left All- In­dia Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, which had swept JNUSU elec­tions last year, win­ning all top four po­si­tions

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Fol­low­ing the Supreme Court di­rec­tion that transgende­rs must be ac­knowl­edged as the third gen­der, the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity ( JNU) has in­tro­duced an op­tion of “third gen­der” in the nom­i­na­tion forms for the stu­dents’ union elec­tions to be held on Septem­ber 12.

A no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the JNU Stu­dents’ Union Elec­tion Com­mit­tee said, “The Elec­tion Com­mit­tee is go­ing to in­tro­duce op­tion of third gen­der as ‘ other’ in the nom­i­na­tion form of the JNU Stu­dents’ Union elec­tions 2014- 15.”

Dileep Kumar Mau­rya, JNUSU Elec­tion Com­mit­tee chair­per­son, said this is a step for­ward to en­sure gen­der in­clu­siv­ity in the univer­sity cam­pus after the land­mark rul­ing by the apex court. This is for the first time that an elec­tion com­mit­tee has in­tro­duced the op­tion of “other” in nom­i­na­tion forms.

Last week, the univer­sity’s gen­der sen­si­ti­sa­tion com­mit­tee against sex­ual ha­rass­ment ( GSCASH) had writ­ten to the JNUSU Elec­tion Com­mit­tee to in­clude the “other” cat­e­gory in the nom­i­na­tion forms. “The GSCASH had writ­ten an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Elec­tion Com­mit­tee last week and the com­mit­tee has ac­cepted their re­quest. In JNU, we al­ways talked about gen­der equal­ity and it is a step to­wards to achieve it in a dif­fer­ent way,” Mr Mau­rya added.

Ear­lier this year, the Delhi Univer­sity in­tro­duced space for third gen­der in ap­pli­ca­tion forms for post­grad­u­ate cour­ses. How­ever, JNU is yet to in­tro­duce the “other” cat­e­gory in its ad­mis­sion forms and this move may fur­ther the process of in­tro­duc­ing the op­tion in ad­mis­sion forms as well.

The move was also wel­comed by ul­tra- left Al­lIn­dia Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion ( AISA), which had swept JNUSU elec­tions last year, win­ning all top four po­si­tions of pres­i­dent, vi­cepres­i­dent, gen­eral sec­re­tary and joint sec­re­tary. “This is the first time an of­fi­cial form of JNU has the ‘ other’ cat­e­gory. We ap­pre­ci­ate this at­tempt of the EC which is a step for­ward,” said Sucheta De, AISA na­tional pres­i­dent.

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— BUNNY SMITH NSUI ac­tivists protest to de­mand hos­tel ac­co­mo­da­tion for DU stu­dents at North Cam­pus on Mon­day.

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