The BBC reported in February 2007 that Chanda Musalman, 40 of Nepal is probably the world’s only person who is legally recognised to be both a man and a woman. The government of Nepal have decided that Musalman, who is anatomically a male but dresses and behaves like a woman, should have that unprecedented legal status.

It has opened up quite a few interesting legal questions, like for example: if he/she ever got married, who will be considered the husband/wife, and hence distribution of property?

Musalman has never undergone surgery to make him anatomically a woman, but asked that his gender be recognised as “both”. Amazingly, the authorities obliged.

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