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PM Oli extends greetings on Chhath

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has extended greetings to all Nepalis on the occasion of Chhath, expressing hope that the festival would promote brotherhood, unity and spiritual bond among all Nepalis.

“Religious tolerance, social unity and lasting mutual relations are Nepal’s traditional culture,” PM said in his greeting, adding, “Nepal is a common place of multi-religion, multi-culture and multi-ethnicity.”

The PM said all the festivals celebrated by all the ethnic groups and communities have their own specialty. “Festivals of various communities and ethnic groups are important component of Nepal’s cultural identity,” PM Oli shared.

In his message, PM Oli said each community celebrating other communities’ traditions and culture would enhance mutual reconciliation and brotherhood among various ethnic groups, religions and communities.

The Chhath festival which is celebrated mostly in Tarai-Madhes by worshipping the Sun is gradually becoming popular in the hilly region too.

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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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