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Nepal charter to grant gay rights
Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, January 19, 2010
First Published: 01:11 IST(19/1/2010)
Last Updated: 01:13 IST(19/1/2010)
Like most people in love Tripti Shah and Darshana Thapa (names changed) want to get married and start a family. But unlike most they will have to wait some more time to get legal recognition for their union.

In less than five months Nepal will have a new constitution that will be the first in Asia to guarantee equal rights to sexual minorities. And once that happens, Tripti and Darshana, a lesbian couple, can formally wed.

The couple in their 20s was thrown out of Nepal Army nearly three years ago due to their sexual orientation?albeit edisciplinary groundf was cited as the reason for their removal.

It is such kind of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered and inter-sexed (LGBTI) that the Himalayan nationfs new constitution seeks to prevent.

gRights for LGBTIs have been well drafted in the new constitution. They will ensure non-discrimination and separate citizenship IDs for third-gendered people,h says Sunil Babu Pant, Nepalfs first openly gay lawmaker.

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