Thailand: Student uniform protest 'ends in court'

University students sitting on a bench Students at Thai universities are expected to wear uniforms

A Thai transgender student who protested against having to wear a male uniform could end up in court, it's reported.

Saran Chuchai, 20, who goes by the name Aum Neko, launched a poster campaign featuring her in racy poses after being angered by Thammasat University making her wear the uniform for her ID card photo, she told Prachathai newspaper. She's one of a number transgender Thais becoming increasingly vocal over rights issues and was praised in many quarters for her stance. The campaigners have had some success, such as some schools installing toilets for "ladyboys", although more conservative institutions stick to stricter rules.

But Neko's high profile has worked against her, with a presenter from a popular Thai TV programme filing a police complaint, according to the Bangkok Post. It seems the allegation doesn't relate to the uniform campaign but to comments made on the host's show Best of Your Life, some months earlier, which the presenter says contravene laws preventing the royal family from being insulted. Critics say it's an example of the law being abused for political reasons. The protest doesn't seem to have taken off either, with newspaper Matichon reporting that 94% of students think uniforms are necessary to maintain order.

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