Trans Activist Rukshana Kapali Denied Exam Registration In Tri Chandra Multiple Campus; Twitter Rushes To Support
Rukshana Kapali is one of the most well-known trans rights activists among Nepali youths. For a number of years now, she has publicly shared her struggle with the Nepali education system to be formally recognized as a trans woman. The journey has been an uphill climb, with a new complication that has developed just this week.
A few days ago, she took to social media to share that her examination form was not accepted at Tri-Chandra campus, where she’s been enrolled for the past five years. It seems she has been able to give her examinations for the past few years despite complications on other matters related to her enrollment.
This time, however, her college has squarely refused to accept her examination form.
Nepal’s laws have been internationally acclaimed as one of the most progressive for giving legal recognition to the third gender — a dated term, but still a progressive law. The fact that Tribhuvan University refused to allow her to attend her examinations despite this is definitely questionable. Is it sending out a message that the university is not a place for transgenders?
Today my form was not accepted at Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus.#JusticeForTransPeopleinNepal— 𑐬𑐸𑐎𑑂𑐱𑐣𑐵 𑐎𑐥𑐵𑐮𑐷 Rukshana Kapali (@MinchyaaMeyju) June 7, 2022
As folks here already know, I enrolled the campus, i.e. affiliated to Tribhuvan University in 2074 B.S.
I was never provided a registration number due to incongurence of +
Rukshana has also posted two letters, one by the National Examinations Board and another by Tribhuvan University’s Office of the Chief Legal Advisor, both of which have disagreed to her requests.
As far as we know, ever since gay marriages were legalized, Nepal has advertised itself as a queer-friendly state. The case of Rukshana, however, shows quite clearly that even basic education rights are denied to them. Rukshana has been relentlessly fighting against the outdated system for years at this point, and has garnered a sizeable audience to her work on social media. With the latest development, people have shown their love and support to her through Twitter. Here are some of them.
Letters ready to be dropped off at TU exam control office advocating for @MinchyaaMeyju right for education. Since posting it might be slow, @RajinaNotRojina and I are planning to drop them off in person. #JusticeForTransPeopleinNepal #genderinclusiveeducation pic.twitter.com/rQQKmqtwkg— RosieRai (@Eisoriar1) June 9, 2022
Kapali’s case, which prevents her from pursuing her educational goals, is another form of systemic violence, neglect and humiliation that trans individuals face daily.— Ankit Khadgi (@ankitkhadgi) June 9, 2022
Thank you, @Aakritigg @SanjeevSatgainy for the coverage. #JusticeForTransPeopleinNepalhttps://t.co/el3hTKBh0Z
create environment where trans people don't have to be resilient or brave.— Dikshya (@isthatdikshya) June 9, 2022
create situation where they don't have to cross hurdles to access basic rights as a dignified people.#JusticeForTransPeopleinNepal https://t.co/H7heXfeUlP
This repeated exposure to stress, mental torture & excessive anxiety is ridiculous. Rukshana has been fighting this battle tirelessly & its unfair she has to keep fighting for the fundamental right to education.Stop discrimination against transfolks! #JusticeForTransPeopleinNepal https://t.co/0UJVVUJQtn— Gunjan Dixit (@GunjanDixit) June 8, 2022
Queer folks, trans folks just want to live their lives, to exist without people putting us on a pedestal. All the restrictions in the system do more harm than good.#JusticeForTransPeopleInNepal https://t.co/IN9XLoqCoM— SBhattarai (@ShbReel) June 9, 2022
#JusticeForTransPeopleinNepal— Dr. Sweta Gyanu Baniya (@Sunkesharee) June 8, 2022
This is outrageous! How long she needs to fight for this?
Why do these organizations do such things? They should be penalized for not just these rules but also for the mental torture these institutions give to Trans people. https://t.co/VOUFD7rFvf
Someone's gender identity should not be a barrier to their right to education.— Yatish (@yatisshh) June 8, 2022
Educational institutions, namely Tribhuvan University and Purvanchal University in this case, must register students regardless of their gender identity.#JusticeForTransPeopleinNepal https://t.co/aTQoadgEcX
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