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Now Transgenders Have Reserved Public Washrooms In Kolkata, All Because Of This Student

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| August 23 , 2017 , 10:23 IST

The transgender community in India, which according to the 2011 Census numbers around 4,87, 803 faces myriad problems, from being shunned and ostracised by society, being forced to beg, and not getting their due rights. One problem they face is a lack of available toilets.

Although, the lack of available toilets is a problem that large parts of the nation also faces, for transgenders the problem is further compounded, as they are not able to use the available public toilets as they are forced to choose between the ones designated for men and the ones designated for women.

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While the government has sanctioned funds specifically to aid the transgender community, a BSc student in Kolkata, Sobhan Mukherjee has come up with an easier, quicker and cheaper solution- by designating already-made public toilets as specifically for use by transgenders.

The 21-year-old student in Kolkata has launched 'Tridhara' which are reserved toilets to be used by transgenders only.   

"Transgenders face harassment and abuse from the society because of which they are wary of using public toilets. It is difficult for them to decide whether to go to the men's washroom or the women's. This is the reason why I came up with this idea," Mukherjee said to ScoopWhoop.

In South Kolkata's Bansdroni area, two washrooms each from the existing men and women's public toilets have been reserved for transgenders.

Mukherjee initially approached MLA Anita Kar Majumdar earlier this month regarding his idea, and she readily agreed and directed a public toilet in ward no 112 to reserve four washrooms for transgenders. He also met with several councillors to convince them for this initiative and as a result, now 10 toilets in the city have Tridhara washrooms.

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According to Mukherjee, the initiative will not only help transgenders but also save government's money.

"Reserving washrooms from the existing toilets is the best option. I believe that rather than spending money on the creation of separate toilets of transgenders, the government can invest in their education," Mukherjee said.

The Ministry of Sanitation in April 2017 had issued guidelines to the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and directing them to allow members of the third-gender community to use public toilets of their choice (men or woman), but the society is not as accepting.

"The society thinks they are beggars. This mentality has to change at any cost," Mukherjee said.

The efforts of Sobhan Mukherjee have been lauded by the transgender community.