ICC Note: Four churches in Nepal were attacked in the span of just five days. This has many Christians in Nepal concerned that persecution and religious intolerance are on the rise. Starting on May 9, Mahima Church in Dhangadhi, Emmanuel Church in Kanchanpur, Emmanuel Church Budor in Doti, and Hebron Church in Panchthar were attacked by unknown assailants.
05/17/2018 Nepal (Premier) – There’s growing concern for Christians in Nepal following four churches being attacked over a five-day period.
The attacks, which began on 9th May, targeted Mahima Church in Dhangadhi, Emmanuel Church in Kanchanpur and Emmanuel Church Budor in Doti, Western Nepal. Hebron Church in Panchthar, Eastern Nepal was also targeted.
While no-one was killed in the attacks, Christian charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has voiced their worry that the developments show an increase in hostilities towards Christian groups in Nepal.
Steven Selvaraj, CSW’s South Asia team leader told Premier why he was surprised by the attacks.
“Nepal has been a Hindu monarchy for well over 200 years and had actually moved to a more secular democratic Republic,” he said during Premier’s News Hour.
In a joint press release on 14th May, the National Christian Fellowship of Nepal (NCFN) and Nepal Christian Society (NCS) condemned the attacks and stated that Christians are falsely being accused of conversion, leading to legal prosecution.
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