Third gender issued citizenship certificate

Published: April 15, 2011

This is only the second instance that citizenship certificate has been issued to a third gender in Nepal.
KATHMANDU: The District Administration Office, Myagdi, has recently issued citizenship certificate based on gender identity to Dilu Budujha, a third gender, of Narchang VDC in the Myagdi district.

Also known by the name Badri, the recipient was born as female and grew up as a masculine person. Dilu has currently been working for the Blue Diamond Society (BDS), an orgainisation working for rights of third genders in Nepal, as human rights activist.

Issuing a press statement today, the BDS commended the decision to grant citizenship certificate to Dilu, saying the move reflects the state’s respect to all Nepali citizen regardless of gender identity and sexuality.

This is only the second instance in Nepal that citizenship certificate has been issued to a third gender. In 2007, the District Administration Office, Kaski had issued such a citizenship document to Bishnu Adhikari.

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