Organizer of Nepal’s first pride parade met verbal abuses and threats

Rukshana Kapali who was one of the organizer at Nepal’s First Pride Parade has received threats and abuses on social media just after the parade ended. From slut shaming, body shaming, to attacks on her ethno-lingual background, she was also threatened to be grabbed and stripped on the streets. The first ever Pride Parade in Nepal on the International Pride Month was under the leadership of young queer rights activists.

An open call was made on social media for the Pride Parade, soon after it ended a group of people added Rukshana to a group chat. When she looked at the chatbox, it was filled with hatred, abuses and threats for organizing Pride Parade.

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While there were large number of people in the group chat, some of the people who attacked on Rukshana were Roli Shrestha, Zoya Gurung, Artisha Rana, Nirja Lama and many other people who used fake accounts and names. There were series of voice messages these people sent.

Roli Shrestha begins with accusing that Rukshana had identified as third gender to join Blue Diamond Society. She also accussed her of pretending to be third gender. Rukshana Kapali identifies as transgender woman. She was accused of inducing some gays and lesbians. She and Zoya also attacked on her ethnic and linguistic background.

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Artisha RL Rana who works at Blue Diamond Society and studied at Hetauda School of Management & Social Sciences added pointing on the language the Pride Parade banner had used. She could not tolerate use of Newar and Tamang language.

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Zoya Gurung makes a comment about her private parts. ‘Charne Luichu Vasha’ is a secret way of communication many transwomen speak in. In it the term ‘dope’ refers to private parts of people. Nirja Lama who took part in Miss Pink contest of 2016 also commented with derogatory terms.

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She also faced an accusation that she was the person to add ‘Q’ in LGBTIQ. Attacks involved the reason Rukshana Kapali did not want to identify herself as third gender and rather preferred to identify as transgender woman. A threat was given that they would held her and strip her down by tearing her clothes.

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The case has been reported to the human rights commission.

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