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Woman including 7 others arrested on charge of murdering own father

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KATHMANDU — A woman of Dhamaltar-11, Tokha area of Kathmandu, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police Crime Division on Tuesday for her alleged involvement in the homicide of her own father following a dispute over money.

A 20-year-old Sangita Maharjan Pandey masterminded the murder of her father over dowry and her love marriage with a man from a different community.

The MPCD made this surprising disclosure after the detention of Sangita Maharjan Pandey, her husband Santosh Pandey (20) of Tokha, Kathmandu and hitmen Surya Rana Mangar (19) of Makwanpur, Bikram Tamang (19) and Santosh Thapa Magar (19) of Dhading, Dhan Kumar Tamang (19) of Bhojpur and Hari Tamang (19) of Kavre.

The MPCD had jump started a hard and fast investigation after Maila Maharjan (43) of Dhamtar, Toka Municipality-11 was found dead close to the Sangle Khola with multiple injuries on February 4.

Sangita(victim’s daughter) in the help of with Santosh (her husband) planned the murder of her father and hired four hitmen with the promise of paying them one million rupees, according to preliminary investigation report prepared by the MPCD.

“After they discussed the modus operandi of the murder, Sangita called her father to Star Town Planning area in Tokha at around 6:30 pm on February 3, saying some prospective clients of his land were there. When Maila arrived there, Sangita threw sand in his eyes and Bikram, Surya, Dhan Kumar and Hari hit him with the weapons on the head, face, chest, abdomen and other parts of the body,” said SSP Sarbendra Khanal, MPCD in-charge.

The body was found the next day. It has also been found that Sangita had been making a plan to gradually kill her mother and elder brother and register all property belonging to them in her name.

Sangita’s father Maila was not in good terms with her after she married Santosh, who originally hails from Nuwakot, without her family’s consent two years back.

Sangita repeatedly asked her father for Rs 400,000 as a dowry to run a beauty parlor, but Maila turned down her request on grounds of her voluntary marriage with a person of a different community.

She has conceded to masterminding the murder of her father. Sangita, her husband and four others have been charged with murder.

Officials said she had also stolen a land registration certificate issued in the name of her mother and gave it to her husband to produce it as a guarantee seven months ago. But she returned it to her mother after the idea didn’t help her to get loan.

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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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