5 August 2020

Pastor arrested for saying that prayer is the cure for Covid-19

Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya was arrested 3 months ago for mentioning that prayer was the cure for those infected with the Covid-19 pandemic. However, on July 3, he was released on $2,500 bail.

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Pastor arrested for saying that prayer is the cure for Covid-19

However, the pastor was accused of spreading false information about the virus and was arrested while at home in Pokhara, Nepal.

The evidence presented as “incriminating evidence” is a video, in which the pastor kept chiding the coronavirus while preaching to his congregation.

Acharya mentioned that this experience has been somewhat difficult for him, because; “I thought of my small children and my wife, and cried out to the Lord in prayer. I looked at him in the hope that if it was His will that I would be put through this. He would get me out of it,” the pastor said.

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Acharya: “My fear was prolonged imprisonment”

Because of all that was going on, the pastor suspected that the Nepalese government and the police were trying to keep him in jail for a long time.

However, on the website of the Nepal police, the reasons for the pastor’s arrest are stated. Acharya was arrested where it is specified that the spiritual leader was spreading information about the missing coronavirus.

The incriminating video shows images where the spiritual leader claims that the coronavirus “could not even touch the followers of Jesus”.

Likewise, the audiovisual material presented as evidence shows that the pastor was preaching in a town of Okupas, a highly populated area.

However, in view of the unjust cause of his arrest, influential leaders of the nation stated that the pastor’s imprisonment is a clear violation of the freedom of religion to which Nepal is a signatory.