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Bangladesh launches first madrasa for transgender people

Bangladesh has opened the doors of Dawatul Quran Third Gender Madrasa, a first-of-its-kind institute for the transgender people in the country.

According to reports, 100 students of any age can study in the non-residential institution which is situated on a 1,200 square feet rented second floor of a three-storey building at Lohar Bridge Dhal in Kamrangirchar.

As many as 40 transgender people from Jatrabari, Kamrangirchar, Lalbagh, Keraniganj and Badda attended the opening day event.

Abida Sultana Mitu, the president of Bangladesh Hijra Kalyan Foundation, and Mufti Zafar Ahmad, the principal of Kamrangirchar Baitul Uloom Dhalkanagar Madrasa, were chief guests at the two-session inauguration ceremony.

The Election Commission allowed the registration of the transgender people as “third gender” voters in 2013, when the government passed a policy recognising the members of the Hijra community as of the “third gender”.

Members of the community also contested elections.

“The students will be taught lessons from the Quran first. We will also launch Noorani, Nazera, Hifzul Quran and Qitab departments in line with the Qawmi syllabus. The admission began on Friday,” said Azad. 

The madrasa authorities also plan to launch a separate department of technical education for the transgender people. “This initiative aims to bring them into the mainstream and build them as ideal human beings,” said Azad.

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