Kathmandu, four Christians arrested for 'forced conversion' of dalit
November 06, 2018
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Four Christian women, two of whom were Japanese, were arrested in Nepal on charges of trying to convert some Dalits and nomads without land to Christianity by force. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), told AsiaNews that "there is a law in the country that criminalizes religious conversions and states that no one can perform or encourage 'religious conversions'".
According to the Christian activist, the legislation contradicts the secular and democratic spirit of the first Nepalese constitution approved in 2015. "While this Constitution defines Nepal as a secular and democratic republic - he states - its definition of 'secular' seems to protect 'Hinduism".
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