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Morcha cadres picket Mahottari District Administration Office

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MAHOTTARI — Agitating cadres of United Democratic Madhesi Front have picketed District Administration Office, Mahottari since early Monday morning.

Jaleshwor, the district headquarters of Mahottari district has remained tense because of the protest since the morning. Clashes have erupted on Monday after police tried to clear obstruction by cadres of UDMF.

The works at the office has been halted following protest by UDMF cadres forcing service seekers to return.

UDMF cadres had also barricaded the road to District Administration Office by placing cement pipes on the road.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old boy Amit Chaudhary of Jaleshwor-4, who was returning home from the school, got injured in the clash. He received cut in his head and is being treated at Jaleshwor Hospital.

Marketplaces in Matihani, Gaushala, Samsi, Ramgopalpur, Pipara among others have remained closed today.

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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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