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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Call to Intervene to Help Release Five Imprisoned Gay Metis in Nepal

UK Gay News
by Sunil Pant
(Blue Diamond Society)

KATHMANDU, October 3 – Five metis were arrested last night about 10pm in Kantipath while they were on their way to the Thamel area of the Nepali capitol. [Reports from Nepal earlier today said that there were three metis arrested]

They were Suntali Lama (age about 22 years), Neema Lama (age 22), Kanchhi Lama (age 25), Bipasa Rai (aged about 19) and Deepa (aged 22).

Suntali was arrested just after she left a taxi in Kantipath. Kanchhi Lama was chased and caught by the police and dragged by her hair into a Police van. Deepa was also caught there by Nagar (city) police and taken to Durbar Marg police station. Neema and Bipasa were then caught by the police from Durbar Marg and taken to Durbar Marg Police station by taxi.

Today, I went to Durbar Marg police station to find out more about the arrests and charges.
The officer in charge at Durbar Marg police station refused to give any details saying the arrests was carried out by the Nagar police.

He also told me that “this is an instruction from Nagar Police not to release them and take them to the Hanuman Dhoka Police (Central District Police Station) for a ‘public offence’ charge.”
I asked what kind of ‘public offence’ they will be charged with, but he said he didn’t know anything more.

The officer in charge also said: “Anyway we can’t handle this case because we don’t have custody for women so we have no space to keep metis who are not men.”

I then contacted the Nagar Police and they told me “to call after two days, because today and tomorrow are public holidays”.

Later, at about 2pm, I asked the metis when they had last eaten. They told me that since 10pm last night they had not given any food. I then went to buy food for them, but when I came back to the Durbar Marg Police station with the food, unfortunately the Metis had already been taken to Hanuman Dhoka Police Station.

On August 9 last year, 39 members of Blue Diamond Society were arrested by the Nagar (city) police in a crackdown on metis and were detained 13 days with out any charges.

We fear a similar situation will happen this time These 5 metis taken into custody yesterday may be kept for longer time – and, like in the last case, they may be sexually abused while in police custody.

There may be more arrests of metis and members of BDS in the coming days.
Blue Diamond Society is very much concerned with such regular arrests and abuse against transgender people in Nepal and condemns the demeaning action from the Nepal police who are supposed to protect the citizens.

Blue Diamond Society calls for your support and solidarity to protect the human rights of transgender people and the immediate release of these five metis.

We appeal to other Human Rights organizations and activists to intervene immediately to protect the metis from police abuse within police custody and for their immediate release.

■ Those in the United Kingdom who wish to protest to the Nepali Government can write to: Ambassador Prabal Rana, Embassy of Nepal, 12a Kensingston Palace Gardens, London W8 4QU. Phone: 020 7229 1594, Fax: 020 7792 9861, Email:

For our readers in the USA, write to: Ambassador Kedar Bhakta Shrestha, Embassy of Nepal, 2131 Leroy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008. Phone: [1] (202) 667-4550, Fax: [1] (202) 667-5534

Elsewhere in the world, you can contact your local Nepali Embassy. Click HERE for a full list of Nepali Embassies and Consulates.


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