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Malina and Prakash

In a historic milestone for Sudurpaschim Province, Prakash Chaudhary and Manila Neupane, a pioneering third-gender couple, achieved a significant triumph by successfully registering their marriage at the local registrar’s office…

In a historic milestone for Sudurpaschim Province, Prakash Chaudhary and Manila Neupane, a pioneering third-gender couple, achieved a significant triumph by successfully registering their marriage at the local registrar’s office in ward number 8 of Kailari Rural Municipality, Kailali district, Sudurpaschim Province. This groundbreaking event marked the culmination of a journey that began when the couple exchanged vows in 2020, and after four years of resilience and determination, they officially formalized their union on December 22, 2023 as per the Supreme Court’s interim order for the temporary marriage registration of LGBTQ couples.

Prakash, a native of the same rural municipality in ward 8, found love and companionship with Manila, who hails from Dang, Tulsipur sub-metropolitan city, Lumbini province. Their love story, though filled with warmth and commitment, was not without its challenges. As a third-gender couple, Prakash and Manila navigated societal norms and faced obstacles that tested the strength of their bond. However, their unwavering dedication to each other and their shared commitment to their relationship triumphed over adversity. The significance of their marriage registration extends beyond their personal journey, symbolizing a step forward in the recognition and acceptance of diverse forms of love and unions. The couple’s persistence serves as an inspiration for others who may face similar challenges, encouraging a more inclusive and understanding society.

In the backdrop of Kailali district, their marriage stands as a testament to the evolving landscape of societal attitudes and the breaking down of barriers that have traditionally hindered unconventional unions. Prakash Chaudhary and Manila Neupane’s successful registration not only solidifies their legal bond but also contributes to the broader narrative of inclusivity and acceptance, paving the way for more progressive perspectives on relationships and marriage in the region.

Source: Malina and Prakash