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KATHMANDU —The 66th Democracy Day is being observed with much fanfare by organising various programs today across the country.

The Day is the reminder of the advent of democracy and the abolition of 104 years of the autocratic Rana rule 66 years ago in the country.

The Democracy Day Celebration Main Organizing Committee is to organising a special function at Army Pavilion, Tundikhel, to mark the day.

After 1951, the day holds a special significance. The journey of development and consciousness for democracy is said to have started from February 19 of that year.

On the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended greetings to all Nepali people living at home and abroad, wishing that this day would inspire them to adhere to the basic norms and values of democracy.

In her message, President Bhandari said the day reminds the people of the importance of renunciation and sacrifice for change.

“Democracy is the best governance system in the world, as it makes people sovereign. We are now enjoying the federal democratic republic system after invasion on the democracy established by the people in 1951,” read the message.

Likewise, former President Ram Baran Yadav has said that no one would be freed from the responsibility until the peoples’ representatives implement the new constitution.

In his message extended on the Democracy day, Yadav said that at a time when the country is celebrating the 64th Democracy Day, it’s the responsibility of the people to strengthen the democratic system.

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Demand for legalizing same-sex marriage

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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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