Nepal: Christian evangelists determined to spread the Word of God despite hardships

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Christians in Nepal

Christian evangelists courageously continue to spread the Word of God in Nepal despite severe hardships.

In keeping with details, the Nepalese Christian missionaries have expressed a keen desire to continue evangelizing in the country in the face of turbulence over a new constitution under which a ban on converting to other religions was imposed.

On September, 20 earlier this year, the President of Nepal signed this legislation which prohibited conversion to other religions. The law proscribes “any act to convert another person from one religion to another or any act or behaviour to undermine or jeopardize the religion of another.” Any violations are duly punishable by prison or fines.

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Under this ban, the citizens of Nepal have been deprived of the right to choose their faith or convert to other religions, which amounts to blatant violation of individual rights as required by international treaties that Nepal has signed and consented to. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) says, this law is opposing the rights bestowed upon citizens under international treaties.

Furthermore, Christian Aid Mission, (CAM) says that Nepalese Christians were relieved when the legislators cancelled the bill which guaranteed concession to Hindu groups to impose ban on all religious conversions. The radical Hindus had been demanding the country to be declared Nepal a Hindu state officially.

Instead of this law, the Nepalese legislators approved a constitution under which the state was declared as secular and impartial toward all religions, “over rancorous objections and violence that included attacks on three church buildings”, CAM reported.