Nepal: 50 "untouchables" choose Jesus, and hope to find freedom in him

In Nepal, the Dalits abandon the Hindu faith and choose Jesus in order to be saved.

DIn Surkhet district in western Nepal, at least 50 Dalits made the decision to renounce their Hindu faith and convert to Christianity at a rally with their representatives. Sometimes better known as “untouchables”, Dalits suffer all kinds of discrimination and injustice from Hindus, regardless of their age.

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For example, a 9-year-old Dalit child was recently beaten up for entering the kitchen of a higher caste family in the same village as his own. Dalits are continually humiliated.

"They are not even allowed to touch those of the upper castes, nor to enter their homes, to consume public drinking water, or even less to access public places."

But the members of this “lower caste” question themselves about “these unfounded beliefs”, conveyed by the caste system. Having witnessed the absence of discrimination within Christianity, they decided to seek the grace of Jesus. According to Lal Babu BK, one of the participants, the Dalits are convinced that Christ is the only one who can save and protect them, and not the Hinduism which they "practiced for generations by obligation".

Binod Pahadi, Dalit and former parliamentary activist explains:

“There is a law against discrimination and in favor of equality, but in practice there is great oppression against those from lower castes. "

Indeed, victims' complaints are never taken into consideration because "they are unable to provide evidence, and no one can be punished in the absence of evidence," said police officer Bhattarai.

Human rights activist Sudip Pathak believes that "people are free to take all necessary protective measures when they feel threatened, and when the state is unable to protect them".

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