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Nepali Christians’ 11th forum opens
Nov 20, 2018-
National Assembly Chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina on Monday said the State does not stop anyone from following religion as per the spirit of the constitution.
The Upper House chair of the Federal Parliament said this while inaugurating the 11th National Assembly of the Federation of National Christian Nepal (FNCN) here on Monday.
“People following one particular religion should not look down upon people following another religion. The constitution has even given one the right to be an atheist too,” he said.
The Upper House chair said that 16 different laws guaranteeing the human rights are in force as per the provisions of the constitution that protects religions of Nepal’s minority communities.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Spokesperson Moana Ansari said any citizen can read and keep their religious texts and can also teach the same to their offspring, reiterating that the constitution has envisaged a discrimination-free and just society.
She said any person can lodge a complaint at the NHRC if someone or group of people enter a prayer hall and misbehave. She urged the State to protect the people of minority religions as per the constitution. The constitution guarantees the right of a person to follow and have faith in any religion.
Chairperson of the Federation CB Gahatraj said any person reading the Bible should not be mistaken as a Christian convert.
Nepal has around 3 million Christian population and approximately 12,000 churches of different denominations.
Published: 20-11-2018 07:28