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Supreme Court issues show cause to govt. regarding political rights to third gender

The Nepal Weekly
February 27, 2024

In response to a writ filed by Pahichan Nepal demanding reservation in politics for sexual and gender minority people the Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice as well as decided to place the case in precedence.

Five people including Maya Gurung, president of Pahichan Nepal had filed a writ petition in the apex court asking for political rights to the commuity saying that the existing electoral system has done injustice to the sexual minority people making Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Federal Parliament and Election Commission among others as opponents.

The apex court has asked the respondents to submit written clarification regarding the matter within 15 days. The court in its decision said that it has given precedence to the hearing of the case recognizing the gravity of the issue.

There is almost zero representation in the Federal Parliament from the sexual and gender minority people even 8 years after the promulgation of the new constitution, informed, Sunil Babu Panta, the former Lawmaker from the sexual minority community. Panta is the only Lawmaker representing the LGBT community of Nepal till now.