Manabi Bandopadhyay is appointed the first transgender principal
Manabi Bandopadhyay, a transgender from West Bengal is the first appointed transgender college principal in India. On June 6, she is going to join as principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in West Bengal. She currently is working as an associate professor at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya. The decision about appointing Manabi the principal of Krishnagar Women’s College has been appreciated by students and many people in the state.
Manabi revealed that she has been physically abused and raped for many times since her childhood. She added that she was always seen as a disgrace because she is a transgender. According to her, some people even tried to murder her by setting fire to her apartment.
Manabi has two sisters and during her childhood days she was known to be a boy named as Somnath. She was The youngest child of the family. She said that it was in those childhood days that she realized that she is more of a girl than being a boy. When she was in school she met with a psychiatrist to clear her confusion and revealed her thoughts. She was told the she should throw this thought of being a girl out of her mind. She was further told that if she do not do so, she might be excommunicated by her family and the society, and afterwards she might even be led to commit suicide. However she decided to have her sex changed through surgery in 2003. It took about 5 lakhs for the surgery. Now she admits that she become the one she always wanted to be.
After the operation she changed her name from Somnath to Manabi. In 1995, she published a transgender magazine named “Op-Manab” which was the first transgender magazine the country. She completed her masters in Bengali and joined the Vivekananda Centenary College as a lecturer in late 1900s.