KATHMANDU, December 28, 2005 – In
the early hours of this morning, a “meti” (transgendered male) was arrested
by police as she was leaving the Thamel tourist area on a motorcycle with
her male friend.
The incident happened at about 1.30
am as police thought 24 years-old Sahiba was with the man for prostitution
purposes – and that the man was a client.
Sahiba was taken to the Shore
Khutte police station for questioning. This is the same police station that
was involved in the arrest of 11 “metis” two weeks ago.
At the police station, Sahiba was
detained with Supari – another meti who had been arrested earlier at Himal
Lodge when she was found in a room with a friend during a “peace and order”
I went to the police station today
about 10 am and was able to talk to the metis. I also talked to the senior
police officer N.K. Shahi and asked why the metis were arrested.
Mr Shahi replied, saying: “Sahiba
was going with her client on a motorbike for prostitution, that’s why she
was arrested and Supari was arrested from the Himal Lodge while she was
I asked him what proof the police
had that these metis were involved in prostitution. He said it was obvious
– they both were staying in the hotel.
Then I asked him what the charge
would be and when they were likely to be released. Mr Shahi replied:
“Sahiba will be released after her hair was chopped off as she has long
But he said that Supari would be
charged with a “public order offence”.
I found it very interesting that
both “metis” were being held in police custody in a women’s cell.
Earlier, I spoke on the telephone
with police inspector Mt Tek B.Tamang. He said that Sahiba had been taken
to the Hanuman Dhoka Police for further legal procedure and had been charged
on Public offence. Inspector Tamang said metis were a big problem to
maintain peace and order as most of them are prostitutes.
I asked how two people staying in a
hotel room could disturb peace and order, pointing out that is was a
violation of human rights that police breached citizens’ rights to privacy
by entering the hotel room by force and arresting them and charging them on
Are metis not allowed to stay in a
hotel, I asked? Have you arrested other people staying in the hotel when
more than one person are in the same room? Are metis not allowed to ride
motorbike with anybody?
Blue Diamond Society is very much
concerned of such regular assault, torture and arrest against
homosexuals/transgender persons in Nepal and condemns the degrading
perception and treatment of sexual and gender minorities from the Nepal
We ask for your support and
solidarity to protect the human rights of homosexuals/transgender.
■ Sunil Pant is the founder and
director of the Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's only LGBT human rights group.
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