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Nepal Christians protest to demand burial grounds

The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 12:46 AM

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Hundreds of Christians have protested in Nepal's capital, demanding the government provide designated burial grounds.

Christians complain that there are only a handful of places where they can bury their dead in the predominantly Hindu nation, where most corpses are cremated.

About 1,000 Christians held banners that read "Give us our rights, give us burial grounds" and demonstrated in the center of Katmandu on Wednesday.

Sundar Thapa, a pastor who led the protest, said they're demanding the government provide burial grounds for all Christians in all 75 districts of the country.

Christians have been protesting since a ban was imposed earlier this year on a traditional burial area next to the Pashupati temple, which is revered by Hindus in Nepal.

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