With an objective to break down all stereotypes associated with homosexuality, Ashmita Sarkar has come out as gay and is contesting the assistant general secretary’s position at the Arts faculty In Jadavpur University, Kolkata in the upcoming students’ union elections. She will be the candidate of the leftist All India Students Association.
Ashmita is the first gay candidate to contest student elections in West Bengal. She is a second-year student of sociology and also working as Vice-President of Jadavpur University unit of All India Students Association.Ashmita was once homophobic as others but now she proudly acknowledges herself as a lesbian. Ashmita will campaign on a platform supporting homosexuals and will fight for their rights.
“We are born in such a society which patronises laws like article 377 of Indian Constitution and pose a common mind set that a boy can must love a girl and vice verse whereas a boy can’t love a boy or a girl can’t love a girl. If they do so it is treated as unnatural. We are forced to see the society as black and white. Though i find the society colourful through my struggle as the rainbow is colourful and colours are pride. And rainbow pride is LGBT community. I hope the students of JU will come forward to support me in the JUSU and enchane my fight to scrap the 377 law. I am glad that i have been given this platform by AISA to carry on my struggle with confidence.” said Ashmita.