Tuesday, 29 May 2012 18:42

Third Gender To Be Recognized In Nepal

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From now on, Nepalese will be able to indicate a third gender 'other' on their identity card.

In 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal had judged that the government had to allow a third gender on identity cards but the government had not done anything.

"The Supreme Court had passed a verdict directing the government to issue citizenship cards to the third gender in 2007, but it is finally being implemented," said Sunil Babu Pant, Nepal's first openly gay lawmaker.

Finally, in a few weeks, the decision will come into effect as said the Home Ministry.

"Getting an identification will solve 50 per cent of our problems," Pant said. "It will also help find the correct figures on the number of third gender in Nepal, so the government can address the problems facing this community."

Indeed, as reports the Daily News, the community is oftenly victim of discrimination with problems in winning admission to colleges, applying for jobs, opening bank accounts and applying for travel permits -- because their appearance and the gender indicated in their legal documents do not match.