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Police in Nepal arrest Pastor for touting healing prayer amid Coronavirus pandemic

Police in Nepal arrested a Christian pastor this week, accusing him of giving false information about COVID-19 by saying Christian prayer could bring healing from the disease. Nepal’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and all citizens have the right to profess, practice and protect their faith, Pastor Sharma claimed.


Pastor Keshab Acharya, 32, was taken into custody on Monday (March 23) from his home in Pokhara, Gandaki Pradesh Province, after a video appeared on social media of him rebuking the novel coronavirus as he preached to his church, according to his wife, Junu Acharya.

C.B. Gahatraj, president of the Federation of National Christians in Nepal (FNCN), told Morning Star News that the arrest of the Nepali Christian leader is unacceptable and against Nepal’s constitution.

“The entire world is under attack by the Covid-19, and during this time people from across all religions are praying for it to stop,” Gahatraj told Morning Star News. “By this act, religious harmony is in danger during a time when people are already in chaos.”

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