Muslim concern over Nepal government proposal to exert more control over madrassas

Muslim groups in Nepal have expressed concern over a Cabinet decision to exercise more control over madrassas, writes Martin Spice. The schools now have to register with officials and give details of their financial affairs. Many are believed to get funds from the Middle East. Salim Mian Ansari, chair of Nepal Muslim Ittehad (Unity) Association, accused the government of giving in to pressure from India in the wake of the American "war on terror". Most madrassas are close to the Indian border.

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