Pant’s letter to PM Oli
Katmandu (Pahichan) December 18 – I am writing this gunasho to ask you “why Nepal government repeatedly failed to implement constitutional rights of gender and sexual minority communities’ and supreme court’s orders to insure our rights and equality before the law”?. Civil code, criminal code and many other acts formulated or being formulated by the parliament and your government has ignored gender and sexual minority communities.
Government has failed to count this marginalized communities into the national, provincial and local government’s budgets and programs. Your own slogan and signboard appears to be meaningless for so many of us, which says: inclusion, participation and development; as your government excludes and marginalizes all the gender and sexual minority communities.
You can check your own government-data where you can easily see that there is a big ZERO inclusion of gender and sexual minority communities anywhere in and around government programs, policies, budgets, jobs, education, development etc, which makes us uncomfortable and angry, this should make you uncomfortable and angry too.
After such a long struggle and so many changes in the country, if situation does not change for us what is the meaning of having democracy in Nepal?
I wish you all the best for you not to fail each and every Nepali community, including gender and sexual minority communities. Let us know how we can help you so that we can feel ‘your government is as our government’ too.Thank you for your anticipated attention towards our gunashos, needs and aspirations.
Sunil Babu Pant
Former member of constitutent assembly of Nepal