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Chanda Mausalman, who is in his twenties, obtained citizenship papers recognising him as both male and female from authorities in the southwestern district of Banke, said Sunil Pant of the Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s main gay rights group. Mausalman, who prefers to be referred to as “she”, has had no sex change surgery or treatment. International rights groups say there is discrimination against sexual minorities in the majority-Hindu country and accuse authorities of harassing them.

Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s LGBT rights organization, said it is the first time the government has officially recognized transsexuals in the country.“This is a very significant step forward for all transgender people,” the spokesperson for Blue Diamond. Nepal has come under increasing international condemnation for its treatment of sexual minorities. In January, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, criticized the new government of Nepal for not ending discrimination against the LGBT community.

Last year Blue Diamond participated in the demonstrations against the regime of King Gyanendra that helped usher in an elected government but the group says that the new government is no better than the old one. Attempts by Blue Diamond to meet with Maoist leaders have been rebuffed. Pogroms against gays began in the early days of King Gyanendra’s regime. Members of the LGBT community are arbitrarily arrested, held without a hearing and beaten and tortured by prison guards. Last year police arrested 26 transsexuals in one raid. According to Blue Diamond they were taken to the Hanuman Dhoka central police station in Kathmandu where they were held for weeks without being allowed to contact anyone. Blue Diamond also said that people working in the areas of HIV prevention are regularly harassed by police

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