Nepal's Constituent Assembly rejects call for Hindu nation
Sept.14, Kathmandu: Nepal's Constituent Assembly has rejected calls to revert the country back to a Hindu state during voting on a draft of the long-delayed new constitution.
Hundreds of Hindu protesters clashed on Monday with police who fired water cannons and beat them with bamboo batons. Protestors attacked passing vehicles, including one of the United Nations.
The assembly began voting on the constitution draft Sunday. The proposal to make Nepal a Hindu state was rejected by more than two-thirds of the members.
Nepal was a Hindu nation for centuries when kings ruled, but has been a secular state since the monarchy was abolished in 2006.
Main political parties in Nepal are attempting to get the new constitution passed this week.
The Oslo Times