14 June, 2021

Woman, Human

Transgender principal Manobi faces pointed questions, admiring looks.

Woman, Human

The Other Gender’s Road

  • Official census puts transgenders’ number at around half a million
  • In 2013, the SC directs transgenders to be listed as the third gender
  • In 2014 Rajya Sabha passed a private members’ bill on transgenders’ rights
  • Fortis Hospital and Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, get 25-30 cases a year for sex change, with more women desirous of becoming men


She is the first transgender ever in the world to be appointed principal of a college. And as Manobi Bandyopadhyay settles into the top chair at Krishnanagar Women’s College, she seems unaffected by the frisson of curious excitement around her. “Would there be so much fuss if any other woman had been appointed?” she asks. “I feel honoured, but the fact that this has attracted so much attention across the world is a reminder that it is so only because I am a transgender. People don’t see me as...

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