Nepal government plans to recriminalise homosexuality
In an astounding reversal of LGBTI rights, Nepal's Justice Minister, Narahari Acharya is seeking to enact new punitive laws criminalising homosexuality.
Gay Star News was contacted by Sunil Pant, Nepals’ first openly gay politican and a former member of parliament, suggesting Acharya was planning on pushing for the reforms.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in Nepal in 2007 after the parliament abolished the monarchy. Prior to that homosexual sex was punishable by a year’s imprisonment. In that same year, Nepal’s Supreme Court also ruled in favour of protections for the equal rights of LGBTI people.
But all that is about to change. Pant told Gay Star News the law ministry is currently preparing to push anti-gay civil and criminal codes through parliament Under the proposed new laws, gay sex acts will be punishable by three years imprisonment and same-sex unions will also be prohibited.
The former MP said there aren't any LGBTI rights advocates in the current government while anti-homosexuality forces have been on the rise in the last three years in Nepal.
'We are really concerned about this attempt of taking Nepal back to draconian era after so much progress we made. Unbelievable that the government is going all against the Supreme Court decisions on LGBTI rights and other minority and marginalized people's rights in Nepal,' he said.