Anti-Conversion Law Making Life Difficult for Christians in Nepal

12/08/2018 Nepal (International Christian Concern) – Earlier this year, Nepal released a new criminal code that has made life for Christians living in Nepal far worse.

The new code includes anti-conversation laws that claim “no person shall convert anyone from one religion to another or make attempt to or abet such conversation.” The law punishes those who are guilty of causing religious conversions and carries sentences of up to 5 years in prison and fines equivalent to $430 USD.

A year into the new law, multiple people have already been arrested. Last week an Australian woman was accused of trying to convert people to Christianity and was deported from Nepal.

Prior to her deportation, Katie Rachel Graham, a woman from Sydney, was arrested near the border of India in a small town where she was accused of evangelism. Locals in the community filed a report and filmed Graham and the group she was with sharing the Gospel.

Prior to 2007, Nepal was a Hindu monarchy and respect for their religious past remains a part of everyday life as there are still Hindu ceremonies and festivals in the public sector. Human rights activist, Prakash Khadka stated that it was “the duty of all Hindus regardless of class or caste to protect their religion and culture from generation to generation amid growing secularism.”

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