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Transgender couple registers marriage for the first time in Nepal

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KATHMANDU — A Nepali transgender couple has registered their marriage in Dadeldhura — for the first time in Nepal — despite the lack of law regarding transgender couple and same-sex marriage in the country.

Speaking at a press conference organised in the Capital Saturday, husband Ramesh Nath Yogi (22) and wife Monika Shahi (40) shared their joys for getting married. They have got married on May 7 and have already got married certificate from Dadeldhura.

Shahi expressed her happiness over her new marital status and said further that she hoped that her marriage would be a representative for the transgender community, breaking the stereotypical thinking of the Nepali society.

“This will pave way for other transgenders to live their life with dignity without hiding the identity as a transgender,” she said.

Claiming that their marriage would set an example in the South Asian countries, where same-sex marriage is still distant,Shahi further said : “This is just a first step towards change. The government needs to enact necessary laws regarding the same.”

Her husband Yogi also expressed his happiness and urged the government to introduce the laws regarding same-sex marriage in the coutry.

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Rape cases rising in Tulsipur High Court’s desk

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DANG — The High Court Tulsipur in Dang last fiscal year settled 602 cases. As stated by court registrar Shreelal Poudel, in the period, the court registered 413 new cases and the number of cases in pending case (previous years) were 373. Of the total 786 cases, the court gave its final hearings on 602 cases.

The records show that among the cases filed in the period, the highest number is about rape which is figured at 88 and 70 have been already sorted out legally while 18 are under sub-judice.

Similarly, the cases registered seeking divorce were 21 and among them the court finished its proceedings on 19 cases.

The court has set up the civic help desk and arranged for free application writing facility, making the service system technology-friendly.

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