Nepal court allows lesbian live-in relationship

KATHMANDU: Continuing its tradition of passing liberal judgements regarding the rights of sexual minorities, Nepal’s Supreme Court has recognised a live-in relationship between two lesbians despite the efforts of the family of one of the women to separate them.

In a landmark judgement on Monday, the Court allowed Rajani Shahi to live with her lover as she wished, rather than with her husband, human rights lawyer involved in the case Hari Phuyal said Tuesday.

Shahi, a married woman with a 11-year-old daughter, has been living with Prem Kumari Nepali, after meeting her two years ago. Shahi had sought divorce from her husband. But Shahi’s husband’s and her own family tried to separate them several times and sent her to a rehabilitation centre to change her sexual orientation after she declared that she was a lesbian.

Source: Times Of India