Jadavpur University has established first gender-neutral toilets on campus.

Jadavpur University has established a gender-neutral toilet on its campus for LGBTQIA+ students by converting an existing toilet. The toilet was set up in the English Department in response to the LGBTQIA+ community’s long-pending demand.

Manojit Mondal, the head of the English department, stated that the students' union and the classmates of the affected students supported the demand. He also said that the gender-neutral toilet will be inclusive, as everyone can use it. He also said that they felt uncomfortable using toilets meant for men or women; the gender-neutral toilet in the English Department will help the community members in the arts faculty. Later, Registrar Snehamanju Basu said that more toilets will be established in different blocks housing arts, science, and engineering departments. The toilet was inaugurated on May 29, 2023.

LGBTQIA+ activist Shivadooti Mandal, a comparative literature student, has said that it’s a victory for the community and the fulfilment of their long-pending demand. She also said that people from the LGBTQIA+ community will feel safe using the toilet.

Barsha Baral, secretary of AISA, said that the gender-neutral toilet broke the conventional binary structure of society.

An SFI member and a PG student, Zulfikar Ahmed, said that he feels good that the university has officially designated a gender-neutral toilet in one of the departments.

Calcutta University Pro Vice-Chancellor Asis Chatterjee had said that a gender-neutral toilet would be established on the College Street campus soon. Meanwhile, an official of Presidency University said that though a gender-neutral toilet already existed on their campus, students stated that it was not being properly maintained.

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