17 Jun '11, 11am

Nepal begins first census in 20 years .results are expected to show a dramatic decline in Hindu population.

KATHMANDU - NEPAL began its first nationwide census in 20 years on Friday, mapping its population and towns for the first time since the end of its decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 16,000 lives. Enumerators from the census bureau conducted the first count at the households of Nepal's president, vice-president and prime minister, launching a campaign that will end on June 28. For the first time, respondents will be able to class themselves as 'transgender' rather than male or female following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to guarantee the rights of transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual people. The last full census was conducted in 1991 and the new results are expected to show a dramatic rise in the urban population and a relative decline in number of Hindus as a proportion of the overall population. 'There was war during the last census in 2001. Many villages ...

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