SC hearing on Pashupati temple burial site on Monday
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 21:28
Kathmandu: Nepal's Supreme Court today fixed April 11 to hear two separate writ petitions filed by Hindu and Christian activists regarding burial site near the popular Pashupatinath temple.

Christian activists are on hunger strike for the past two weeks demanding to give them burial place in the Sleshmantak forest near the Pashupatinath temple, which was rejected by Pashupati Area Development Trust, that looks after the affairs of the temple.

Nepal's Supreme Court has differed the date for hearing on the two petitions and fixed April 11 as another date for the verdict.

Hindu activist Bharat Jangam has filed a writ petition to halt the Christians to continue their burial works in the forest near the revered Pashupatinath shrine.

Another write was filed by Christian activist CB Gahatraj asking permission to provide rights to bury the Christians in the site.

"We cannot allow the Christians to bury their dead persons in the holy Pashupati temple area," said Jangam talking to PTI.

The Christians can buy land anywhere in the country to build their burial place, he pointed out.

The same persons who enjoyed rights to bury their dead in the temple area have lost the rights after they were converted into Christians, he pointed out.

A section of Hindu saint with the title Dashnami used to bury their dead bodies in the forest near the temple area in the past.


First Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 21:28

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