Nepal: Muslims still being punished for 2004 hostage massacre
Right after the massacre of 12 Nepalese hostages by Islamic militants in Iraq on 1st September 2004, Nepalese Muslims not only suffered violent attacks on their Jame Masjid (Mosque) in Kathmandu, but also on their businesses and family homes. Since then, they have been living in fear, treated with suspicion and portrayed as terrorists. Nepalese Muslims remember the 2004 massacre as "a black day” in the history of Muslims in Nepal.
Today, Muslims in Nepal merely demand that the State should recognize and respect their distinct cultural identity - a demand consistent with the principle of secularism that was introduced in Nepal in 2006. They also seek the establishment of a Muslim Commission that will be charged with addressing the needs of their religious community.
Photo: Nepalese Muslim students read the Qur'an in the Mosque of Eastern Nepal. Credit: Dev Kumar Sunuwar
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