Outrageously, Nepali authorities have ignored repeated requests to return the body to the local Tibetan community for proper cremation rites and rituals. Buddhists consider the final ritual administered over a deceased person's body as a sacred and inviolable right.
China's long arm of oppression stretches deep into Nepal's government, and it goes without saying that Beijing is pressuring Kathmandu to destroy Drupchen's body in secret.
But Nepal is not China. It is a free and democratic country that should not surrender its domestic matters to China's dictates. Nepal should respect the religious freedom of its Buddhist minorities as well as the basic rights of its Tibetan refugees. However, without global pressure, Nepali authorities might succumb to China's pressure as they make a decision in a few days.