Just about one-and-a-half years after India got its first transgender college principal — Manabi Bandopadhyay, we got the sad news of her resignation from the post due to “non-cooperation” from colleagues. Manabi has already submitted her resignation as she was reportedly frustrated due to non-cooperation from some teachers and students of her institution, Krishnagar Women’s College.
Country's first transgender principal resigns, says faculty uncooperative #ManabiBandopadhyay #transgender #princip https://t.co/ijqEVR4R58 pic.twitter.com/etbArIWN6x
— News24 (@news24tvchannel) December 30, 2016
Nadia District Magistrate Sumit Gupta received her letter of resignation on December 27 and forwarded it to the state Higher Education department on Wednesday.
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Manabi alleged that ever since she took up the job on 9 June, 2015, a few teachers of the well-known women’s college are not cooperating.
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— Laadli (@Laadli_PF) December 24, 2015
According to Manabi, “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. Most probably, that is why they went against me. I always got co-operation from the local administration, but never got it from my colleagues and students,” adding that she had gone through a huge mental pressure and couldn’t take it any more, TOI reported.
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She further added, “I feel tired due to the agitation and gherao by the students and teachers. 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….”
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— The Bong Munda (@SenPushpak) February 5, 2016
A four-member team, headed by Joint Director of Public Instruction (DPI) RP Bhattacharjee, went to the college to further inspect the matter.
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Manabi’s (51) earlier name was Somnath. She changed it and reportedly underwent a series of operations in 2003-2004 to become a woman.
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— BhartiyaNari (@thebhartiyanari) November 20, 2015
Notably, in 1995, Manabi became a pioneer to publish the country’s first transgender magazine, Ob-Manab (sub-human).
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