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Morcha leaders draw PM’s attention to address their demands

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KATHMANDU — The leaders of agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday to draw his attention regarding the delay in addressing their demands.

Morcha leaders came to at the PM’s home in Baluwatar on Friday and expressed their discontent over their demands not being met regardless of the withdrawal of their programs of protests and border blocakdes.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat today, during the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official home in Baluwatar, the UDMF submitted a 7-point memorandum to the Prime Minister including the issues of national concern and the 11-point demand of the Front.

In the 7-point memorandum submitted today, Morcha leaders have demanded the government address their demands listed on the November 1, 2015 memorandum, declare martyrs to people who lost their lives during the Madhes agitation, compensate the kin of the deceased, treatment for the injured, immediate release of their arrested members and end black marketeering, read a statement.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Oli has issued a directive to the concerned authorities to provide free treatment to those who were injured during the protest and withdraw cases filed against them, the statement read.

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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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