Although the building, which housed several priests, sustained significant damage, there were no injuries. Damage to windows and doors indicated the perpetrators — who left a note condemning religious conversion — also attempted to break into the church, but were unsuccessful.
Christian leaders stated their belief that the attack, when coupled with the shooting of the FNCN employee, represented an effort to foment panic among the Christian community. They also expressed concern about police willingness to investigate the case thoroughly. Police in Banke District filed charges in December against 28 individuals accused of participating in Hindu-Muslim clashes that led to the killing of two Muslims earlier that month. Three other accused individuals remained at large.
In October police arrested one of the accused, and the court released the individual on bail shortly thereafter. The remaining two fugitives remained at large.
Minority religious leaders expressed concern about the rise of Hindu nationalism and its implications for religious harmony. Some leaders of religious minority groups stated some converts to other religions, including Hindus who had converted to Christianity, remained willing and able to state publicly their new religious affiliation.
Christian leaders also reported that a number of converts to Christianity tried to conceal their faith from their families and local communities, mainly in areas outside of Kathmandu. According to NGOs, Hindu priests and local high-caste residents continued to prevent Dalits, as members of a lower caste, from entering temples, and sometimes prevented them from performing religious rites and participating in religious festivals.
In June media reported an attack on a Dalit for entering a temple in Saptari District. The victim, who suffered a broken arm among other injuries, stated police were slow to investigate the incident and take action against the perpetrators.
Ambassador, embassy officers, and other government representatives expressed concerns to senior government officials and political leaders over restrictions on freedom of religion, including the rights to convert and to proselytize, posed by provisions in the constitution and the new criminal code. They continued to highlight the ways in which anticonversion laws could be used to arbitrarily restrict the right to the freedoms of religion and expression.
Embassy officers and visiting senior U. Following the shooting of Santosh Khadka of the FNCN and the arson attack on the Assumption Roman Catholic Cathedral, embassy officers met with police to urge them to conduct thorough investigations of both cases. Embassy officers also met with Khadka, leaders from the Assumption Church, and representatives of religious minorities in Kathmandu and throughout the country to discuss challenges they faced in the practice of their religion.
Embassy officers and other U. Embassy officers continued to address religious diversity and tolerance in speaking engagements with the general public. The embassy also continued to promote religious tolerance in a program for underprivileged youth, including Muslims and Tibetan refugees, in Kathmandu.
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