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Nepal’s new constitution could ban fighting for women’s rights, providing disaster aid

Nepal’s Christians are concerned that the Himalayan nation’s new constitution will make fighting for gender equality illegal.

Also banned in this small country wedged between China and India would be providing disaster aid, giving free medical care to the poor and campaigning against the Hindu caste system — which brands some citizens as “untouchables” and others as elite.

As currently proposed, the new constitution also would make it a criminal offense for anyone to play any part in another person changing their religion – with a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a hefty fine, according to the Christian advocacy groups Release International and Compass Direct.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    What Nepal needs are a bunch of women like U.S.A. first lady “Betty Ford”, to fight the super duper consevatives. In fact America needs some more women like “Betty Ford” to come against women like congressman Bachman and women like her. So where are you all?

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