The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School presents Dr. Payoshni Mitra from the School of Media, Communication and Culture at Jadavpur University, and Government-appointed Advisor to Dutee Chand.
Since 2011, sports organizations have blocked elite women athletes who have naturally high testosterone from competition, pushing some into medically unnecessary surgeries and/or pharmaceutical “treatments” in order to compete. Last year, the young Indian sprinter Dutee Chand challenged the rule at the “supreme court of sports,” the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and won. Chand’s phenomenal victory had a global impact, vindicating those who have raised concerns over the ethical, scientific and most importantly human rights issues related to all forms of sex testing or “gender verification.” Dr. Mitra’s lecture will describe the impact of the Chand case, especially its reception in India. She will also report on her experiences traveling and interacting with athletes in sports hostels all over India in relation with her current research project on Sports, Sexual Harassment and other forms of Gender-based discrimination.