NALSAR Law School Unveils Gender Neutral Restrooms on Campus

On Saturday March 26, the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) announced that it had introduced gender-neutral restrooms and designated spaces on its campus. The public law school is located in the suburb of Shamirpet in the town of Telengana in Hyderabad.

In a tweet, the university informed, “We are pleased to share that in our efforts to make our campus a truly inclusive space, the ground floor of GH-6 has been designated as a gender-neutral space with rooms allocated to autonomous students. identifying as members of the LGBTQ+ community with plans to evolve into a gender-neutral hostel in due course.

NALSAR said the toilets, located on the ground floor of the university block, have been transformed into “gender neutral” toilets. The university pointed out that it also has an interim policy to address the “inclusion” concerns of the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer) community.

While “woke” experiments such as gender-neutral restrooms on campuses have already been tried and tested at foreign schools and universities, this is the first time a public state university has chosen to shape its policies for “gender non-conforming individuals”. ‘

Bar and Bench reported that the idea behind the gender-neutral toilets was conceived by the NALSAR Student Bar Council and the NALSAR Queer Collective, with the help of Vice-Chancellor Professor Faizan Mustafa, Assistant Professors Akanksha Singh and Prerna Bijay.

Speaking of development. Akanksha Singh informed about the university’s future plans to take inclusivity to the next level. “We’re working on the possibility of having a gender-neutral hostel. It’s not something that would materialize this semester, but by next semester.

She added, “People come with different baggage, so this is a safe space that exists on campus where people can freely be who they are. It is intended to be a space where non-conforming students feel safe to be themselves and where they can maintain the privacy they would otherwise not enjoy in cisgender hostels.

Genderless Toilets, Politics, and Imminent Catastrophe

Earlier, OpIndia reported on an NCERT teacher training manual that offered gender-neutral toilets and puberty blockers for children in Indian schools to promote ‘gender inclusion’. After a massive outcry, the NCERT document was removed from their website. The children’s rights group, the NCPCR, had called the NCERT document “a conspiracy to traumatize students”.

In November last year, it was reported that schoolgirls in Scotland refused to use gender-neutral toilets after boys wreaked havoc in the toilets. Bad behaviors included waving sanitary napkins like flags, urinating in sanitary bins and playing with tampons.

A counselor had admitted that several girls were not using the unisex toilets due to vandalism by male students. The introduction of unisex toilets has been attributed to reducing costs, creating more space and diversity, and creating an inclusive environment.

Implementing gender-neutral toilets is one of the first steps in the politics of gender identity that is now pervading public discourse in many countries. Trans activists and gender equality campaigners argue that separate toilets for men and women promote inequality and are not inclusive. They refuse to acknowledge safety concerns and the need for girls of a vulnerable age to protect their privacy.

Nancy I. Romero