While the constitution states that Nepal is a secular state, it is illegal to convert to any religion other than Hinduism.

Nepal

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
25 64/100
Leader Population
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari 29.2 million | 1.2 million Christians
Main Religion Government
Hinduism Republic
WWL Rank in 2017 Persecution Level
Very High Persecution

All Christian communities in Nepal are experiencing some form of persecution, but at varying levels of intensity. Roman Catholic churches and churches where foreigners gather experience the least problems. Converts from Hinduism are put under most pressure as they are viewed as deviating from the faith of the ancestors. Converts and Protestant churches are particularly under pressure from family, friends, community and local authorities. From time to time Hindu radicals take advantage of the ongoing political instability by attacking Christians. Most of the time they get away with impunity.
There are also some legal restrictions at the national level. The 2015 Constitution declares that Nepal is a secular state, however it also clearly specifies that conversion to any religion other than Hinduism is not permissible and is in fact a punishable offence.

Nepal is a land-locked country, wedged between India and China, and its politics are deeply divided. Despite all the problems, however, Nepal is slowly making progress: the economy is gradually improving, the enormous poverty is disappearing little by little. And Christianity is growing rapidly. Radical Hindus are worried about this, because most converts to Christianity come from Hindu background.

A few incidents of persecution that came to light in the last couple of years are from June 2016 when eight Christians were arrested on evangelizing charges, but they were acquitted in December. In late December 2016, four Christians were convicted and sentenced to five years in prison under the charge of witchcraft. In April 2017 the Catholic Dhobighat cathedral in Kathmandu was set on fire. In general, though, it does seem that Christians are becoming an increasingly recognized minority in Nepal and since May 2017 Christians have been elected to local bodies.

PRAYER POINTS FOR NEPAL

  • For protection for believers from Hindu backgrounds who are attacked for betraying the faith of their ancestors
  • Several Christians were arrested last year, accused of proselytising; pray for their release
  • That Christians will find safe ways to share the gospel with others, and for boldness for them to continue.
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