Court frees grief counselors charged under former Hindu kingdom's new constitution..
A court in Nepal has dropped a case against eight Christians, the first religious freedom dispute since the country's new constitution was implemented last year.The seven men and one woman had been charged with proselytizing after giving out a pamphlet about Jesus in a Christian school while helping children through the trauma following the 2015 earthquake. Anything perceived as evangelism is outlawed under the new constitution.
Kathmandu: Hindus and Buddhists against ‘black festivals", i.e. the animal slaughter at Dashain
Christopher Sharma.Hundreds of people protest in front of the temples where Hindus sacrifice oxen, sheep, goats, and birds to the gods. The Dashain festival commemorates the gods’ great victory over wicked demons. For vegetarians, only “Pope Francis [. . .] is very serious in making appeals on behalf of the environment and animals”.
The bill can be misinterpreted and misused by anyone wanting to make a false accusation against someone else.
By Prakash Khadka
Much fanfare was made when Nepal released its new constitution in September. I was one of the many who celebrated on the streets of Kathmandu, hoping it was part of a prosperous peaceful future for our nation.But all was not what it appeared to be.
There are controversial elements within the constitution, most notably how it stifles religious freedom by making it illegal for anyone to promote or express their religion in a way that could result in someone changing their faith.And this part includes hefty punishments.The contentious bill — yet to be made law — proposes five years of imprisonment and a penalty of fifty thousand rupees for anyone found guilty of converting a person from one religion to another.
by Nirmala Carvalho
Sakshi Maharaj, from the ruling BJP, blamed Rahul Gandhi, from the opposition Congress Party, for the earthquake because he eats beef. According to Hinduism, cows are sacred. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), “The beef eating comment was aimed at minorities. It is a way of politicising religion.”