Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal has signed a law legislation that makes Christian evangelism a crime or sin in this country.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a universal human rights group in a press proclaimed dated 20 October 2017 that Bhandari signed a law the Criminal Code Bill that contain clauses that criminalize religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment.”
The Christian watchdog also expressed: These laws are scantily distinguished to settle personal scores, to target religious minorities or to promote extremist agendas.
“Decades of misuse of the blasphemy laws have resulted in a situation where even voicing disagreement with these laws can lead to violence.”
As indicated by a news report by The Christian Post, it said that religious conversion in Nepal is presently now punishable by up to five years in prison while hurting religious sentiments is punishable by up to two years in prison.
The president was advocate by religious freedom activists not to sign the law.
Nepal’s constitution stipulates that ‘Sanatana Dharma’ (Hindu faith) will be ensured by the state. Moreover, Article 26 (3) of the constitution limits religious change and the freedom of expression for one’s faith.
Members from Nepal’s parliament chosen Bidhya Devi Bhandari,54 as their nation’s first female President. The race, which occurred 2015, made Bhandari the main second individual to hold a state office since Nepal canceled its government and turned into a republic in 2008.
As per the 2011 National census, 81.3% of the Nepalese populace was Hindu, 9.0% was Buddhist, 4.4% was Muslim, 3.0% was Kiratist (indigenous ethnic religion), 1.4% was Christian, 0.2% was Sikhs, 0.1% was Jains and 0.6% takes after different religions or no religion.