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Pastor in Nepal claiming prayer can heal COVID-19 released after three months

A pastor imprisoned for over three months in Nepal for saying prayers can heal the novel coronavirus was released after paying a hefty bail this month.


Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya was first arrested on the 23rd of March on charges of spreading false information for saying prayers can heal COVID-19. The pastor was taken into custody from his home in Pokhara, Gandaki Pradesh Province after a video appeared on social media of him rebuking the coronavirus as he preached at his church.

Persecution against Christians worsened in 2017 when the Nepalese parliament passed legislation banning religious conversions and “the hurting of religious feelings.” Last year, four Christians were arrested in Nepal, including a United States citizen, months after the law criminalising religious conversion went into effect.



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