Chitwan children's home operator held for 'promoting Christianity'

CHITWAN: Police in Chitwan on Tuesday arrested a children's home operator on charge of running the orphanage against the law and promoting Christianity.

Police arrested Pratik Sunar, operator of the Peace Nepal in Dhungana Chok of Bharatpur Sub-Metropolitan City-10 as he did not follow the police order to register the home, instead engaged in unnecessary promotion of Christianity.

According to Chief of the District Police Office, SP Basant Kunwar, a public offence case has been filed against Sunar after the arrest.

Established two years ago, the Peace Nepal has been forcing children staying there to read the Bible and sing biblical psalms, said police.

As many as eight children of the home would be taken somewhere else for the care, according to police.

After the administration repeatedly monitored child care centres of district, it found that most of them were promoting Christianity, keeping more kids than their capacity and providing food with low nutritional value, said Chitwan's Chief District Officer Binod Prakash Singh.

There are total 32 children homes in Chitwan and some of them are found housing the children who had own families, encroaching forest land and promoting child labour, according to police.