Under newfangled laws in Nepal will prohibit Christians from evangelizing. Christians will now face imprisonment if caught evangelizing. The harsher laws are to be implemented soon, which will restrict religious liberty in the country.
Christian watchdog Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports that in Article 26(3), citizens are prohibited to act any way that may cause a person to convert from one religion to another or “jeopardize other’s religion.” CSW emphasized that this clause endangers citizens’ right to freedom of expression and right to follow religion out of personal choice.
It is feared that even talking about one’s faith with people from other religions will be punishable by Nepal’s new law. Nonetheless, it was reported that eight Christians are to face trial for allegedly carrying out illegal evangelization. These Christians were hooked when they distributed comic books about Lord Jesus in two schools.
While remarking about Pastor Tanka Subedi-Family of God Church said that the current wave of harassment of Christians is unexpected, while he expressed doubts whether they would be able to practice their faith freely or not. “Christians were arrested and beaten without reasons,” he said while adding, “Political leaders are accusing Christian for converting by paying money.” Purportedly pastors are afraid to bring Bibles and Christian literature with them. If found with a Bible, pastors are likely to be accused of forcibly converting others to Christianity.