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First transgender passport issued in Nepal

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 August 2015, 20:15 IST

The Nepal passport department has issued a passport to Monica Shahi, marking her as 'other' in the gender category.

Monica Shahi, earlier Manoj Shahi, has thus become the first person in the country to be issued a passport of this kind.

According to the Himalaya Times, Shahi is yet to collect the passport. She had applied for it before undergoing gender reassigning surgery (GRS).

The law

A Nepalese citizen can apply for a transgender passport if she or he has a citizenship certificate in which her or his gender is marked as 'other'.

First published: 10 August 2015, 20:15 IST
 
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