» 12/13/2012, 00.00
NEPAL - ISLAM
Would-be bride, 16, set on fire over dowry
Shiwa Hasami died yesterday in a Kathmandu hospital from her injuries. Police arrested her would-be groom but eventually focused on the young woman's family because it could not pay the huge dowry (US$ 2,300) demanded by the future groom's family.
Nepali Muslims want constitution to incorporate Sharia-based personal law
The Nepal Muslim Sangh wants the country’s Muslim community to be recognised as a distinct entity. Muslim leaders tell government and parties that Muslims are not just a “vote bank”, demand specific steps in favour of Muslims.
Sectarian violence breaks out between Hindus and Muslims
The killing of a Muslim leader in Kapilvastu district (perhaps at the hands of Maoists) unleashes sectarian violence between the two groups. Hundreds of homes are torched; hundreds of people are hurt and many are killed. Now police are in control of the situation.
Govt sets up special commission for Christian cemeteries
Nepal's interim government under Khil Raj Regmi is behind the commission. It will select burial locations before 15 July, ending decades of dispute between Hindus and Christians. The lack of space has forced minorities to bury their dead one on top of the other, up to ten per tomb.
Nepal's religious minorities tell government to be "secular" and not just support Hindus
Nepali authorities are spending millions on Maha Kumbh Mela, a Hindu festival, helping set up free accommodations for 10 million people. Christians, Muslims and Buddhists are united in demanding equal treatment for all. Protestant leader slams the authorities for ignoring Christian demand for "land to turn to build a cemetery," something that "is not fair," he says.
Christians, Muslims and Hindus for coexistence without confrontation
In the past 25 days, tribal groups have brought the country to a halt with strikes and violent demonstrations ahead of 28 May, date when the new constitution will come into effect. Tribals want an ethnically based federal state. The government deploys troops to avoid more clashes between ethnic minorities and Hindus.
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