“Nepal Gets First Extraordinary Citizen”

KATHMANDU: For over three decades, Chanda Musalman had been an object of ridicule and ostracisation in conservative Nepal. Now, the 48-year-old has created history in the marginalised gay community’s struggle for equal rights by becoming the first to get citizenship as a transgender.

With Nepal’s new democratic government having begun a drive to give citizenship to thousands of people who had been excluded from voting rights and other opportunities, Chanda became the first recognised transgender citizen.  Last week, a team of government officials went to Nepalgunj town in Banke district to issue citizenship certificates to people who meet the new criteria.

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