“Are your breasts real? Can they produce milk?”
“Will you have children if you have intercourse?”
“What was the problem with being male? Why did you have to change?”
These are just some of the questions that a trans woman – a teacher – had to endure while interviewing for jobs in Kolkata.
Suchitra Dey (previously Hiranmay Dey), has a double Master’s in Geography and English and also holds a bachelor degree in education. However, none of her interviewers asked her any questions related to her fields of specialisation or her professional abilities.
"Would the same kind of questions be asked to someone who is not a trans? Even after the Supreme Court has legally recognised trans people as the “third gender,” we still have to face such rampant discrimination." - Suchitra Dey to The Quint
Suchitra also told The Quint, that eventhough some schools thought she was eligible and gave her an interview call after seeing her resume, they immediately disconnected the call or refused interviews after learning that she is a trans woman. She wasn’t even allowed a chance to explain herself.
“Some even asked me why my degree certificates say ‘male’, when I’m not. I tried to explain to them that I only got my (sex-reassignment) surgery done last year. All my documents before that will obviously have “male” as my gender! What am I to do about that?” says Suchitra.
"I’m a double MA. I’m one of the most educated people in the trans community. What is the point of my education if I’m asked such questions, and that too by educated people? Some principals also said that people from our community do not know the proper “mannerisms”." - Suchitra Dey to The Quint
Exasperated with the attitude of most schools, Suchitra has now written to the West Bengal Human Right Commission.
“They have not given me any assurance. They said they’ll look into the matter, but haven’t told me when,” said Suchitra.
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