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Mahato injured in clash with police

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KATHMANDU — Sadbhawana Party Chair  Rajendra Mahato, one of the key leaders of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front, was injured in a clash with police at Rani customs point, near Biratnagar of Morang district, on Saturday.

Mahato has sustained serious wounds on his head and legs. While police claimed that Mahato was injured by stones tossed by the protesters from the Jogbani area crosswise over Nepal-India border, Sadbhawana Party leader Santosh Mehta accused security forces for using excessive force.

After the clash, Mahato and other UDMF activists went to the bordering Indian town of Jogbani where Mahato received primary treatment. Later he was brought to Biratnagar-based Golden Hospital and admitted in the ICU.

Mahato, alongside other Morcha activists, was staging a sit-into hinder the fringe point. The UDMF protesters then crossed into the Indian domain and heaved stones at police. Police had lobbed some tear gas canisters and charged batons to prevent any untoward situation. Five Morcha activists were also arrested.

Meanwhile, Upendra Mahato, a Central Committee member from Sadbhawana Party, wrote on Facebook that the protesters seized leader Mahato from the police custody and took him to the Golden Hospital in Biratnagar.

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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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