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Bangladesh: Government in support of book on trans rights

Bangladesh: Government in support of book on trans rights


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Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 12:44 [IST]

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These new books, brought out for children aged 11 to 13, have brought transgender characters to the fore and told about their lives. In the new book of history and social science, there is a story of a child named Sharif.

Sharif gradually changes his gender identity, changes his name to Sharifa and goes to live with other transgender people. Hundreds of people protested against these books in Dhaka last week.

The protesters demanded the National Curriculum and Textbook Board to remove these changes. Islamist groups say these books encourage sex change and homosexuality.

Transgender away from the mainstream

“The government has tried to encourage homosexuality in the name of transgender inclusion in textbooks,” Mufti Faizullah, secretary general of the Islamist party Islami Oikya Jot, told AFP news agency.

Others said they were concerned that children would be taught about transgender people at a young age. Shariful Islam Riyad, head of the Islamic Student Movement, said, “No one is born transgender. It is a choice. Why should we teach our children about it so early?”

In response to this criticism, Mohammad Mashiuzzaman, an official of the textbooks board, said that these textbooks reflect the softening of public attitudes and the change in the legal status of transgender people in Bangladesh.

inclusion efforts

He said that these books will increase the understanding about this subject. “We have included the topic of transgender people because they are a neglected part of our society. Often, they are thrown out of their homes. The aim of these books is to bring transgender people into the mainstream,” she told AFP.

Bangladesh's first transgender mayor, Nazrul Islam Ritu

In 2014, the government of Bangladesh allowed people to identify themselves as a third gender. In recent years, the government has given them more rights in areas such as housing and higher education.

Many Islamic religious leaders have also issued fatwas describing them as part of the Muslim mainstream of the country. Many transgender people have contested and won local elections. But about 1.5 million transgender people in the country have faced discrimination and violence for a long time. They are often pushed into begging, prostitution and crime.


Source: DW

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