Uncertainty reigns as Nepal fails to unveil secular constitution

(ENInews)–Uncertainty gripped the former Hindu kingdom of Nepal as the government failed, for the fifth time in a row, to enact a new constitution by midnight on 27 May. Religious minorities in the South Asian nation had hoped the new constitution would ensure religious freedom and equal rights for all faiths. It was to be the first constitution after Nepal was declared secular by its parliament in 2006. However, Hinduism is still the faith of about 80 percent of the 30 million Nepalese. [ENI-12-0304, 400 words]