» 08/29/2014, 00.00
NGOs "force" Nepali Muslims to use contraceptives and abortion
Several Islamic leaders from the poorest areas of the country speak out against non-governmental organizations, which will only provide humanitarian aid if households adopt their methods of family planning: "This is despicable, it goes against our faith and exploits our poverty".
Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Non-governmental
organizations operating in Nepal "impose contraception, abortion
and family planning on Muslim women from the poorest districts. If
these do not agree, they lose access to humanitarian aid and the
ability to send their children to schools for free. This is really a
despicable method that goes against our faith and exploits our
poverty" Hassan Miya, a Muslim leader from Banke district tells
"The Muslims who live in the
remote districts of Nepal - continues Miya - are very poor, and in
our society dominated by Hindus are ostracized in many different
ways. The worst thing is that they can not afford to pay school fees
for their children: NGOs arrive, offering money and free education
but in return they impose family planning. From my point of view it
is a conspiracy against the country's minorities".
For some time, in fact, local press
have been publishing articles that promote abortion and other forms
of family planning. Today, one Nepalese newspaper had an article on
the area of Bajura: "Muslim women believed that planning
was a shame, but those of the district of Bajura have realized that
it is not. Though Islam prohibits the use of contraceptives many
women of this place have challenged this prejudice". Several health
workers mentioned in Article invite families to "have fewer
children" in the name of economic well-being, and praise
The Health Minister, Gopal Parajuli,
promises that he will investigate the issue: "The free health
and education programs should not affect the religious beliefs of
anyone. I will open an investigation, also because NGOs can work only
if they comply with the laws and are accepted by the society".
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