(The Himalayan Times) — The government has deported two foreigners to their respective countries on charges of forceful religious conversion, which is a crime in Nepal.
Philippine national De Vera Richard and his Indonesian wife Rita Gonga, who were staying in Nepal on the business visa, allegedly converted Nepali Hindus to Christianity. The two, who were operating a restaurant in Pulchowk and were working as pastors at a church in Lalitpur, were deported to their countries on Friday. They have been prohibited from entering Nepal for a year.
Proselytisation is a criminal offence in Nepal. Article 26 of the constitution states that ‘no person shall behave, act or make others act to disturb public law and order situation or convert a person of one religion to another or disturb the religion of other people; “Such an act shall be punished by law,” states the constitution.