Nepal's Christians, Hindus demand Christian cemetery

The debate over burial sites for the Christian minority and tribal Kirlti, who don’t cremate their dead, has been going on for decades and has sparked violent protests in the past.

Nepal
Jun 09 2014, 2:09 PM
Nepal's Christians, Hindus demand Christian cemetery
Nepalese Christians carry an empty coffin during a protest to demand for a burial ground from the government in Kathmandu.

The funeral procession of a 49-year old Catholic in Kathmandu last week turned into a peaceful interfaith demonstration calling on authorities for a burial ground for Christians.

The demonstrators highlighted once again the need for a burial site for Christians in Nepal.  

After the funeral rites were held in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Kathmandu, hundreds of Christians and Hindus accompanied the body of Rajendra Rai, who was an official of the local Caritas, to the place of his cremation – the Bagmati River, where Hindus cremate the bodies of the dead. 

The debate over burial sites for the Christian minority and tribal Kirlti, who don’t cremate their dead, has been going on for decades and has sparked violent protests in the past.    

Nepal’s majority community, Hindus, cremate their dead and do not understand the need of minorities to bury their dead. 

Source: Vatican Radio

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