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Around 50 thousand people protest against the controversial Guthi bill in Nepal

(More than 50 thousands people from Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur based ethnic Newar community with main opposition party Nepali Congress, (NC) supporters staged anti-government protests on Wednesday, demanding withdrawal of the controversial Guthi bill. 19 July, 2019. Photo: N24)

KATHMANDU: Around 50 thousands people from Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur based ethnic Newar community with main opposition party Nepali Congress, (NC) supporters staged anti-government protests on Wednesday, demanding withdrawal of the controversial Guthi bill.

Around 50 thousands people from different community along with local Newar community rallied in-front of Maitighar, Kathmandu Wednesday morning shouting slogans against the KP Sharma Oli led Communist government demanding that the government withdraw the controversial Guthi bill from the Parliament.

The K P Sharma Oli led Nepal Communist Party government has tabled the bill in Parliament to amend the Guthi Act and nationalise both public and private Guthis and regulate all religious sites under a powerful commission.

Guthis are socio-economic institutions (trusts), both public and private, that fund their obligations from incomes from cultivated or leased land assets. Depending on their obligations, guthis fulfill religious, public service or social roles and could either involve members from a common lineage, or several.

“Don’t destroy heritage, withdraw The Guthi Bill, Our culture our identity, stop invasion of Sanatana Dharma, read the placards the protesters carried during the rally.

Vazra Sanu, a Newar activist, from Patan, said, ‘Our Sanatan Dharma and culture could be jeopardised if the Bill, tabled by the Communist Party led government in Parliament, gets endorsed’.

he said, ‘The aim of the bill is to snatch the public and private land allocated for cultural trusts and distribute to others encroaching our cultural heritages’.

On Tuesday, Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal announced withdrawal of the bill that was tabled at the National Assembly relenting to a widespread protest against it from all quarters. However, the protestors have demanded the scrap of the bill.

Published Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 12:55 AM

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