Since March 2020, Pastor Keshav Raj Acharya of the Abundant Harvest Church in Pokhara has faced numerous allegations and charges.
Initially charged with spreading false information about COVID-19, the pastor was eventually cleared of all accusations. However, he was later arrested for two cases of “outraging religious feelings”.
In July 2022, he was convicted and sentenced to one year in prison.
An appeal of Pastor Keshav’s conviction has since been filed, and the upcoming court hearing is scheduled to take place on 10 February. Thankfully, as of 8 January, this father of two young children has been released on bail in the meantime. Pastor Keshav’s wife, Junu, is currently leading churches in two locations with a combined membership of about 500 people.