Nepal: Thousands of Christian converts suffer discrimination and even violence

August 11, 2023

In the mid-twentieth century, there were no Christians at all in Nepal. Now their official number is approaching 400,000, and some Christian leaders in Nepal believe the actual number of Christians in the country is 2.3 million. 

For more coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nepal, see here.

“One Story: Nepalese Christian Woman Suffering But Committed to Christ,” Missions Box, August 10, 2023:

NEPAL — In rural Nepal, thousands of Nepalese Christian converts like Shanti* suffer discrimination and even violence. When Shanti’s husband reacted angrily to her decision to start following Jesus, she found support from another believer.


My life was sorrowful before I came to Christ, but it became more difficult after I came to Christ. My husband always used to beat me and tell me not to go here or there. You started following Christianity. Who provoked you and told you to do so? It is not our religion. It is a cow-eating religion. He kept saying this and that. I boldly told him that whether I live or die, I will follow Christ. I will serve him and will not turn back.

In rural Nepal, thousands of Christian converts like Shanti suffer discrimination and even violence. When they embrace Christianity, it’s seen as a betrayal of their traditions and culture. So Shanti’s husband reacted angrily to her decision to start following Jesus.


At night, when I sat to pray, he grabbed my hair and beat me, and he scolded me. “Don’t stay with me but leave the house immediately. Go wherever you want.” He also threw my Bible into the water. I stayed away for a week and kept the Bible for four days in the sun to dry. After a week, I went back home. Then he came to my workplace and beat me. I used to work as a daily labourer, but he came there and physically assaulted me in public. Other people came and saved me. After that incident I left the house again….

*Name changed for security reasons