According to the New Dehli government daily, Kuensel, a forty year old Christian ethnic Nepalese man was sentenced to three years in prison for “attempting to promote civil unrest”, by showing Christian films to a country where Buddhism is the primary religion.
The man, Prem Singh Gurung, would set up a projector and a generator to show Nepali film in two villages without electricity, and in between the films, he would show Christian film. Local residents began to complain and he was then arrested.
He was charged with an “attempt to promote civil unrest” because they could not prove without a doubt that he was actually promoting civil unrest. And if that wasn’t enough, they also charged him with violation of the Bhutan Information, Communication and Media Act of 2006. What this means is that by law he was required to show the films to the authorities before he was to show them to anyone else, which allegedly he did not do.
This event is an example that Christian persecution still exists throughout the world. In Turkey, three men were murdered for their faith in the city of Malatya in 2007, and now just this past summer, Prem Singh Gurung is imprisoned for showing Christian film in Bhutan.
Read the article here to learn about how the Bhutan government is also trying to make proselytizing punishable, saying that it “uses coercion or other forms of inducement.” And how one of the readers of the article says that “These Christians are a cancer to our society…”.