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Christians have no right to a cemetery in Nepal



04 Sept. 2013: Christian communities in Kathmandu, Nepal are being forced to bury their dead outside official cemeteries. Local sources told AsiaNews that "since the government has banned the construction of a cemetery near the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, Christians and other religious minorities in the country must perform their funeral rites in forests, near rivers, away from population centres and places under the control of Hindu radicals."
Two years ago, city authorities decided to protect this Hindu temple from the presence of other religions, preventing Nepalis from other religious groups from carrying out their funeral rites near the sanctuary. "It was decided to protect the sacredness of Hindu land," said Sushil Nahata,a member of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT)."In some areas, cemeteries were expanding in an unregulated manner. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that Christians are given specific and separate areas." As a result of government action, religious minorities in the Kathmandu Valley found themselves forced to bury their dead in hidden places, far from population centres, with the risk of desecration by some Hindu groups.
Source: Asianews




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