Dr. Manabi Bandopadhyay, who served as the principal of Krishnagar Women’s College, has submitted her resignation.
Dr Bandopadhyay (51), whose earlier name was Somnath, underwent a series of operations in 2003-2004 and became a woman. In 1995, she published the country’s first transgender magazine.
Bandopadhyay cited “non-cooperation” from a section of teachers and students for her decision to resign. She said this behaviour from her colleagues and students instilled tremendous mental stress, adding that her sexual identity overshadowed all of her decisions.
Bandopadhyay became the first transgender principal of an education institute in India in June 9, 2015. She spearheaded the operations at the college for more than a year-and-a-half. She had undergone a sex change operation in 2003 while working as a professor in a college in the same district.
In an earlier interview, Bandopadhyay lambasted at the Indian society for torturing and physically intimidating her at every walk of the life. In spite all of the challenges, she earned a doctorate.
Talking about her move to call it quits, she said, “I faced a lot of legal notices from their end. I had come to this college with new hopes and dreams but I was defeated.”
“All of my colleagues went against me. Some of the students went against me. I tried to bring back discipline and an atmosphere of education in the college,” Bandopadhyay added.
It is quite disheartening to see this kind of reaction against a person’s orientation. Is it so bad to make changes, is it so bad to ask for rights and is it so bad to listen to one’s heart? These questions continuously haunt our mind since this news came in. A wind of change came with her appointment at this post and with her, the change resigned as well.
We hope that she gets a better position in a more tolerant university which focuses on talent rather than one’s orientation. Let this news reach out to everyone so we can help her in some way!