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Girl killed after gang rape in Rukum

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RUKUM — A high school girl was killed after a gang rape in Kholagaun town of Rukum district, a posthumous report revealed on Wednesday.

The victim identified as Susmita Shah (16) from Sarkena, Kholagaun-5, was gang raped before her murder on Monday, according to Dr Deepak Pun of the Jajarkot District Hospital.  The victim was an 11th grader at the local Himalaya Higher Secondary School.

Her body was recovered in a forest nearby her house by locals on Monday night and brought to the Hospital for autopsy on Tuesday, informed police.

According to the police, the girl had left for the forest at around 4 pm on Monday to collect firewood. The family members had launched a search after she did not return home till the late night.

Police have launched an investigation into the case.

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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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