Pastor sentenced to prison for violating anti-conversion law in Nepal
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian pastor in Nepal has been convicted of violating the country’s harsh anti-conversion law. The pastor has been sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 20,000 Rupees (about $165).
On the 30th of November, Pastor Keshav Acharya was sentenced to two years imprisonment by the District Court in Dolpa for violating Nepal’s anti-conversion law. Pastor Acharya was first arrested on March 23, 2020, on charges of spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 virus.
On the 19th of April 2020 Pastor Acharya was released on bail, but was immediately rearrested outside of the court without a warrant. He was then sent to the Dolpa District Police where he was charged with proselytizing and distributing Christian tracts in Dolpa.
The District Court in Dolpa convicted Pastor Acharya of violating Nepal’s anti-conversion laws on the 22nd of November. Pastor Archaya’s was sentenced to two years imprisonment and a fine of 20,000 Rupees.