Authorities at an Allahabad college are in dire straits. They are facing a question of where to accommodate a male student who claims he is now a woman, thanks to a sex change operation.
Twenty five-year-old Amjad Ali is studying Bachelors of Technology at the Motilal Nehru Engineering College here. Yet, college authorities are finding it difficult to shift Amjad Ali from a men's hostel to women's hostel, until his gender is duly confirmed with proper documents.
A K Mishra, the head of the department of Computer Science, said: " Amjad says he still has to go through some operations. He has been given a room in Student Development Centre where he has been provided with all the facilities, so that his studies are not affected."
College administration, meanwhile, has called for Amjad's parents from Imphal, as he claims that his mother helped him out in changing his identity by getting him operated twice.
Mishra said: "We have no proof from the medical board about the sex change. Even he has said that he is undergoing the procedure. We are now waiting for his parents to come and have discussion with us for a solution"
Amjad says: "I have undergone certain physical changes and I can no more stay in a Boys' Hostel. But then there can be complaints if I go to a girls' hostel. So it's a kind of adjustment and I am happy with this."
Amjad, however, tells that right from the beginning he considered himself a girl. Even his mother treated him like a girl, as they were only four brothers with no sister. He now calls himself Nadia and says that he is happy with his new name and identity.
He now wants people to accept his new identity. His old friends find the idea of calling Amjad as Nadia weird.
Anupam, one of the classmates of Amjad, said: "This is something very new for me and other students here," Amjad, alias Nadia still he has to undergo four more operations, for which he says that he, is mentally prepared.