» 06/18/2012, 00.00
End of year exams: boom in suicides among Nepalese students
At least ten young people, mostly girls, have taken their lives over the past three days. Among the causes, the excessive pressure of the families that bind their own position in society to the success of their children. In 2012, the number of students who failed exams has risen by 10%. Catholic schools are the exception.
Catholic Church in Nepal: anti-conversion laws are unconstitutional
Sections of the new penal code that violate religious freedom translated into English. The purpose is to stir up public opinion to pressure the government. International standards on Civil and Political Rights signed by the authorities after the fall of the Hindu monarchy, violated.
Elevation to Apostolic Vicariate, “pope’s gift to Nepal”
The Catholic community is happy but Hindus and Buddhists have also expressed their appreciation. They see the pope’s decision as a symbol of rediscovered secularism after the former Hindu theocracy.
Christians in Nepal from marginalized to political actors
Protestant and Catholic leaders want more space in institutions in response to political and economic stalemate that has afflicted the country for months. Bishop Sharma in Kathmandu, says: "No leader has displayed a genuine interest in people. It's high time for the Christians in Nepal to engage actively in politics".
No space for Christians and Muslims to bury their dead in Kathmandu
Rapid unplanned urbanisation has led the government to give Hindus land earmarked for Christian, Muslim and Baha’i minorities, groups that do not cremate their dead. This is causing tensions between Hindus and other religious groups.
Hindu community of Nepal against Maoist government
The government headed by Prachanda calls a national procession in an attempt to reconcile with the population. Demonstrations continue after the forced replacement of monks at the Hindu temple in Pashupati. Unrest in the capital among the faithful of the deposed monarch. Solidarity from the Buddhist community, and from India's BJP.
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