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Kathmandu: Christians have no right to a cemetery
The measure, which was to "preserve the sanctity of the soil near the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath" compels a minority to seek burial sites concealed in the forest or near the rivers. Christian leader: "We fear that the Nepalese Hindu faith profane our graves." The government does not respond to the requests of the faithful.
Christian politicians ask Nepalese Prime Minister Khanal for land to bury the dead
The representatives of Christian communities want a direct intervention of the Prime Minister to resolve the conflict between Christians and Hindus in the cemetery near the temple of Pashupati. Christian leader: "If they do not give us a land to bury our dead we will demand Khanal’s resignation”.
Christians in Nepal protest against government: "We have the right to bury our dead"
The authorities of the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath prevent the burial of Christians, despite the go-ahead from the Supreme Court. Hundreds of Catholics and Protestant parade in central Kathmandu to demand a cemetery from authorities.
Kathmandu gives go ahead to Christian and Muslim cemeteries. Hindus protest
The land for the dead is located in a forest near the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu. For the extremists, the area is sacred. The government decision comes after years of disputes and clashes with the Hindu community reluctant to give space to other faiths. Often Christians and Muslims were forced to bury more dead in the same grave.
The President of Nepal ready to defend Christians from attacks and violence
In a meeting with the Apostolic Nuncio Mgr. Pennacchio, the President assures prompt action to prevent attacks against Christian communities. Secretary of the Council of Ministers: "In a secular state respect for religious freedom should prevail."
Christians on hunger strike, demanding a place to bury the dead
The fast began on 2 November in the capital. Christians, Muslims and Kirati denounce the inaction of the government that forbids them to have cemeteries.
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