Indian police have arrested a senior Buddhist monk, Bhante Shanghpriya Sujoy, accused of sexually abusing 15 boys at a meditation centre he ran in a holy metropolis, officers stated Saturday.
In keeping with experiences, Sujoy was detained within the UNESCO heritage city of Bodh Gaya, which attracts tens of hundreds of pilgrims yearly, after boys complained that they’d been overwhelmed, abused and compelled to bop bare, police stated.
The scandal is the newest to hit the Buddhist institution after the previous head of China’s government-run Buddhist affiliation was eliminated this week as abbot of a Beijing temple following a sexual assault investigation.
A senior police officer at Bodh Gaya instructed AFP there are “severe allegations” towards Bhante Shanghpriya Sujoy who took boys aged between six and 12 from impoverished households in India’s distant northeast.
“The youngsters complained to their guardians about bodily and sexual abuse by their head monk. The youngsters say they have been thrashed and sexually abused on the college. They have been locked up with out meals and water in the event that they resisted,” the official stated, talking on situation of anonymity.
Bhante Shanghpriya Sujoy was first arrested on Wednesday and police are additionally investigating the belief which runs the varsity.