Thousands of animals are sacrificed by beheading at the Hindu Gadhimai Temple in southern Nepal.
The mayor of the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, Balen Shah, bans the screenings of Indian films after dialogue in the recent epic film "Adipurush" stated that Sita from Hindu mythology was born in India instead of Nepal.
Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks, says he planned to behead former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland and post the footage on the internet. [http:--www.guardian.co.uk-world-2012-apr-19-breivik-targeted-former-pm-brundtland?newsfeed=true "(The Guardian)"]
An Indonesian court upholds a 1965 blasphemy law which permits punishment for people or organisations that "distort" the orthodoxies of six officially recognised religions — Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, Protestantism and Confucianism — and is criticized as a blow to permitting religious freedom.