Indian Priest

  • Indian priest faces jail term for sex abuse April 17, 2010

    Rome: An Indian priest who confessed to sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in the central Italian province of Abruzzo could face up to 12 years in jail. Under Italian law, the penalty for sexual violence against a child under the age of 14 ranges from six to 12 years. The 40-year-old priest,...
  • Indian priests willing to return after Nepal temple row September 6, 2009

    Kathmandu: After the attacks on two Indian priests by Maoists, the chief priest of Pashupatinath temple on Sunday said he and his four colleagues were ready to return to India rather than face "humiliation". "The newly appointed Indian priests are not refugees taking shelter at the temple, we have brought them...
  • Nepal PM for tough action against priest attackers September 6, 2009

    Kathmandu: Amid mounting concern and condemnation by the Indian government, Nepal's Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Saturday stepped into the Pashupatinath temple row, promising tough action against those who had attacked and stripped two Indian priests inside the 5th century shrine on Thursday. While Nepal sent Culture Minister Minendra Rijal...
  • Nepal: Indian priests beaten up September 6, 2009

    New Delhi: Two Indian priests were brutally assaulted allegedly by Maoists inside Nepal's Pashupatinath temple on Friday. Girish Bhatta and Raghavendra Bhatta, from the Singeri Mutt in Karnataka were brutally beaten up with iron rods; their clothes and sacred thread were torn. The duo was then dragged to the outer gate...
  • Indian priests assaulted, paraded naked at Pashupatinath September 4, 2009

    Kathmandu: The Pashupatinath temple row took an ugly turn in Nepal on Friday with a mob assaulting the two newly-appointed Indian priests, stripping them naked and tearing off their sacred threads regarded as mandatory for Brahmins. Girish Bhatt and Raghavendra Bhatt were brought from Karnataka state in India this month to...
  • After Pashupatinath, it's target Bhagavad Gita in Nepal January 23, 2009

    Kathmandu: Close on the heels of a power tussle over Nepal's Pashupatinath shrine revered by Hindus worldwide, the Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita has come under attack in the former Hindu kingdom. An ethnic organisation in eastern Nepal has fined two Nepalis for bringing in copies of the Gita, which contains...
  • Maoists drag Bachchans into Pashupatinath row January 9, 2009

    Kathmandu: Though he dropped his plan to visit Nepal due to the ongoing row over the sacred Hindu shrine of Lord Pashupatinath, India's film icon Amitabh Bachchan has still been dragged into the dispute by the ruling Maoist party. The protests and violence that erupted at the 17th century temple last...
  • Pashupatinath prevails over Nepal Maoists January 7, 2009

    Kathmandu: After battling Hindu devotees and the apex court for nearly two weeks over the revered Pashupatinath temple that saw violence and an unseemly dispute over the removal of its Indian priests, Nepal's Maoist Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda on Wednesday finally succumbed to the rising pressure and...
  • Karnataka priests unhappy over Pashupatinath row January 6, 2009

    Bangalore: Ananth Padmanabha Somayaji was the chief priest of Pashupathinath temple before he handed over charge in 2001, and obviously he is pained by all that's unfolding in Nepal. "Whatever they do, they should still keep an Indian, a south Indian priest. It's auspicious to go by that tradition," says he. For...
  • Row over Nepal temple priests rages, India in a fix January 6, 2009

    New Delhi: The controversy over Indian priests at the Pashupatinath temple in Nepal refuses to die down. On the one hand the Nepal government says it isn't targeting the priests but speaking to CNN-IBN the Nepal minister for culture said that the priests of Indian origin were guilty of corruption. Even as...
  • Temple row: Prachanda's govt speaks in two voices January 5, 2009

    New Delhi: The Pashupatinath temple is in the eye of a political storm in Nepal. The temple’s junior priests are carrying out a signature campaign in Nepal protesting what they say is forcible eviction of the head priest, who is an Indian, and four others by the Maoists. Supporting the...
  • 10 hurt as Maoists attack Pashupati temple staff January 4, 2009

    Kathmandu: About 100 Maoist cadres on Sunday attacked the Pashupatinath temple caretakers who were protesting appointment of local priests in place of Indians, injuring 10 people in their latest assault on the shrine. The attack came even as the ruling party activists faced flak after storming...