Nepalese Christians demand burial grounds

Last Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 12:12

Kathmandu: Hundreds of minority Christians protested in Kathmandu, the capital, on Wednesday, demanding that the government provide them with designated burial grounds.

Christians complain that there are only a handful of places where they can bury their dead.

Nepal is predominantly Hindu, and most bodies are cremated. About 1,000 Christians held banners that read ‘Give us our rights, give us burial grounds’ and demonstrated in the centre of the city.

Christians have been protesting since a ban was imposed earlier this year on a traditional burial area next to a revered Hindu temple in Kathmandu. The Supreme Court has temporarily lifted the ban, but the dispute continues.
The government pledged last month to find land near Kathmandu for Christians to bury their dead, but no progress has been made.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 12:12

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