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5.5 magnitude aftershock jolts western, central Nepal

Gorkha Post



KATHMANDU — A moderate tremor jolted the western and central Nepal including the Kathmandu Valley and adjoining districts at around 11:54 pm on Sunday midnight.

According to the National Seismological Centre, it was an aftershock of the April 25 earthquake. It was of local magnitude 5.5 and epicenter in Gorkha district.

A 4.1-magnitude aftershock was felt with Nuwakot epicenter at 3:54 am yesterday.

As many as 433 aftershocks with magnitude 4 or above have been recorded following the Gorkha earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25.

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Demand for legalizing same-sex marriage





KATHMANDU- Stakeholders concerned have demanded a law related to same-sex marriage in the context when the Nepal’s constitution and laws have accepted the concept of marital equality.

At an interaction program held with media about the issue of gender identity and sexual orientation by an organization named Yubalaya here Sunday, the demand came as a prompt need of the time by the people concerned.

The complaint of homosexuals was that they were deprived of marriage by choice in the absence of the legalization of same-sex marriage which according to them is the deprivation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

Blue Diamond Society Program Officer Anuj Peter said though the constitution has promised to make special provisions for protection, empowerment or development of gender and sexual minorities, such vows are yet to be executed in practice.

Peter, who identifies himself as a homosexual, shares that he has been legally denied to marry a man of his choice.

Yubalaya Chair Sabin Singh highlighted the need of support from media and civil society to address the issue of gender identity and sexual minorities regarding same-sex marriage law.

The participants of the program put their queries about marital equality, broader sexual education and safe abortion.

As told by the Society, to date, 30 countries across the world have legalized same-sex marriage and endorsed a law towards that end and the Netherlands was the first country to legalize it in the end of 2000.

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