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Commissioner Baral moves court against CIAA

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KATHMANDU — Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Commissioner Keshav Baral has moved the Supreme Court against the CIAA demanding his tenure as commissioner be maintained from the day he took his oath.

Baral has filed a writ at the Supreme Court on Wednesday against Office of Constitutional Council, Council Secretary, CIAA and CIAA Secretary. His term is due to expire in a week.

In a writ petition, Baral has demanded that his tenure should be extended till May 8, 2019, arguing that his tenure should be counted from the day he was sworn into office.

In his petition, Baral has mentioned about the delay in his oath-taking due to technical difficulties, and the court order regarding the same.  He had demanded mandamus from the court saying that his post remained defunct for a long time after his appointment.

Baral was appointed by the Constitutional Council as CIAA commissioner on Jan 21, 2010, when all the posts of commissioners including that of chief were lying vacant.

Baral’s appointment as commissioner became active only after he took his official oath from Lok Man Singh Karki following the latter’s appointment as chief commissioner on May 8, 2013.

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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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