Nepal Rejects Calls to Make Nation Hindu, Sparking Violence

September 14, 2015 10:46 AM

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KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal's Constituent Assembly rejected calls to revert the Himalayan nation to a Hindu state during voting Monday on a draft of the country's long-delayed new constitution, sparking violent protests.

Nepal was Hindu for centuries when kings ruled, but has been a secular state since the monarchy was abolished in 2006.

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