Separate toilets for 3rd gender in Bengal colleges, universities

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NEW DELHI: Soon, colleges across Bengal will have separate toilets for transgender students. As a step toward addressing the concerns of the transgender community and helping them earn social acceptance, the coordination committee for West Bengal Transgender Development Board, formed by the Mamata government, had recommended setting up separate toilets or modifying existing ones for these students at all the state-run and the state-aided colleges. Following the recommendation, the state higher education department, in a letter dated June 30, directed all college principals to build separate toilets for the third gender. However, most of the college principals feel the plan cannot be implemented owing to space crunch and the fear among students of being identified.

 TNS (Hindustan Times)

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