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Why Transgender Children Are Often Forced To Drop Out Of Schools

Despite legal protection, trans children find it difficult to navigate the education system that is riddled with institutionalised othering.

Claustrophobia and bleakness mark the mental space: Artwork by Maitri Dore

Twenty-seven-year-old Divisha was always a meritorious student in school. She scored 80 per cent in Class XII examination, leaving many of her classmates and teachers in disbelief and shock. At the felicitation ceremony for meritorious students in school, unlike other students she received fewer accolades. When she walked out of the school auditorium, Divisha had felt truly liberated.

Narrating to Outlook the torture and harassment she received from her classmates, peers and even teachers, Divisha says, “Every day brought with it a new form of harassment. Other students and even some teachers treated me like an untouchable. No one sat next to me in the classroom or the school canteen, allowed me to use the washroom or partnered me in sports.” Teachers discouraged her from participating in sports or annual-day events.

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