ICC Note: The eight Nepalese Christians who were arrested last month for distributing Bibles to Christian students have been released. Now they face the possibility of being tried in court on charges of proselytizing. Article 26, a controversial amendment to Nepal’s constitution, prohibits any attempts to convert an individual to a different religion. The Federation of National Christian Nepal believes that the accusations against the Christians are designed to create fear among the Christian community in Nepal.
7/14/2016 Nepal (BosNewsLife) – Seven evangelical lay Christians and a pastor who were detained and allegedly mistreated in Nepal after being caught handing out Bibles to children have been released but could face a trial for “proselytizing”, church sources told BosNewsLife.
Police detained seven Christians June 8 in the northern district of Dolakha, an area devastated by last year’s deadly earthquake, where they were seen distributing the Bibles at a school.
Several days later, on June 14, authorities also took into custody Pastor Shakti Pakhrin for his ties with the people already under investigation for proselytizing, Christians said.