COX’S BAZAR — At least four Rohingya refugees were trampled to death by an elephant in a makeshift camp in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh on Saturday morning.
A woman and three young children, who had fled violence in their home country of Burma, were killed when the animal stormed their temporary shelter in the Balukhali camp, where tens of thousands of refugees are living.
The deaths of the woman, two 9-year-old and 6-year-old girls, and one 1-year-old boy were confirmed by Abdul Khayer, the officer in charge of the Ukhiya police station in the area.
Two other people were also injured in what is now the second fatal attacked by wild elephants in the area. A two-year-old boy and an elderly man were trampled to death while sleeping in their shelter last month.
More than 530,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh over the last two months since attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts triggered a Myanmar army operation that the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.
Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in southern Bangladesh, where the incident took place, have been chopped down to house the massive influx of Rohingya.Follow @gorkhapost
Demand for legalizing same-sex marriage
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.Follow @gorkhapost