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Some Nepalis to be asked to "reconsider their faith" to get their ID papers
The Nepali government wants the country's religious minorities to submit to such a request. For Christian rights activist, "the government is trying to discourage us and those who wish to convert. This is against the law, democracy and civil rights".
Minorities accuse Nepalese government of favoring Hinduism
With the beginning of the feast of Tihar, ethnic minorities in the country are raising their voices against the Maoist government of Prachanda. They are criticizing the favorable treatment shown toward Hindus, accusing: "In Nepal, secularism is only a declaration of intent."
Nepalese immigrants converting to Islam in order to work in Arab countries
The charge has been made by the Nepalese workers' union: 2,000 cases in Qatar, 4,000 in the Arab emirates and Malaysia. The foreign minister has asked his embassies to verify these cases, and stop conversions made by force or external pressure.
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Nepal’s religious minorities slam president for “promoting” Hinduism
Biddhya Devi Bhandari took part in a number of public Hindu celebrations, promoting Vedic values. Christians, Buddhists and Muslims note that Nepal is a secular state and that the government should not be in favour of any one creed.
Nepali widow burned alive, accused of witchcraft
Thegani Devi Yadav, 40, supported two children and in-laws with her work. The government provides compensation and punishes the culprits. A famous healer and magician, tied her and set her on fire with the help of some villagers. Human rights activists explain that "it is a very common practice" and the legacy of a society "dominated by Hinduism."
Whites not allowed inside famous Hindu temple
White foreigners are not allowed to visit Kathmandu's Pashupatinath Temple even though it is promoted as a tourist destination. High caste Hindus are said to be behind the exclusionary policy.
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