Christians continue to face growing persecution in Nepal
International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that persecution in Nepal continues to be an increasing concern for the growing Christian population of this predominantly Hindu country. The Global Press Journal recently published an article discussing Pastor Hari Tamang's story, a current example of the ongoing persecution.
Pastor Tamang has been falsely charged with trafficking children and attempted conversions after he had agreed to shelter children who would have otherwise been put on the street because their former shelter could not help them any longer.
Although the trafficking charges were dropped, Tamang years later is still fighting the charges of attempted conversion of the children.
Nepalese law allows for the free exercise of one’s religion but forbids the conversion of others. This has produced a context of growing tensions in the society.
Similar cases to that of Pastor Tamang have become more common throughout Nepal as Christianity’s growth has skyrocketed. Nepal’s churches number between 10,000 and 12,000 across the country.