Charges have been dropped against eight Christians
In the first religious freedom case since the new Nepali constitution was implemented in 2015, the case against eight Christians has been dropped.
The seven men and one woman had been providing post-earthquake trauma counselling to children in a Christian school. As part of the project they gave out small comic-style booklets about the life of Jesus. As a result they were arrested on 9 June and charged with trying to convert the children. They were released on bail eight days later.
Under the constitution, Nepal has been declared a secular state, but is required to protect Hinduism. What that means in practice is still being worked out, but the charges against these eight Christians have now been dropped.
- the charges have been dropped
- That Christians in Nepal will continue to express their love and concern for others