‘Citizenship law unfair’

KATHMANDU: A Public Interest Litigation was filed at the Supreme Court today demanding order to the government to treat male and female citizens with foreign spouses on an equal footing.

Activists, including Sukumaya Lama, Sabin Shrestha and Rina Pathak, filed the litigation calling for the apex court’s order to annul Section 8(1) of Nepal Citizenship Act and Section )(A) of the Citizenship Certificate Distribution Directives as they ‘contradicted with Article 8(2) of Interim Constitution of Nepal’.

As per the existing legal provisions in Nepal, a foreign national, who is wedded to a Nepali man, is entitled to Nepali citizenship.

But a foreign national who is wedded to a Nepali woman has no claim over Nepali citizenship.

The petitioners have sought a stay order from the apex court in the name of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers to not implement the provisions.

They also claimed that the provisions contradicted the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, Convention on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Tamang accused the government of rendering her stateless by not providing citizenship certificate to her until she reached 34 years of age.

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