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Bhutan’s Buddhist monks accused of sexually molesting boys


Sexual abuse of boys in Bhutan and rape of girls by monks, a ‘predictable progression”: Not only are these boys sexually abused but there is a scandalous level of sexually transmitted diseases in these monasteries passed on to these young boys including HIV: One can see the typical denial of the head monks, who ‘never heard about it” Denial and Lying go hand in hand.


The South Asian nation of Bhutan has been rocked by a sexual abuse scandal in which young Buddhist monks molested by older monks fled their monastery and reported the abuse to journalists.


While rumors about child sexual abuse in monasteries have swirled around this tiny Buddhist nation for a while, this is the first time confirmed cases of underage monks molested by their seniors have come to the fore.


“Every time I tried to scream or struggled, he pinned me with his body, put his hand over my mouth and covered it tightly,” an 11-year-old boy told the magazine “The Raven,” describing how he was sexually abused by a 20-year-old monk in a monastery in Punakha, about 45 miles northeast of the capital city of Thimphu.


The underage monk said he and his 12-year-old friend at the monastery were asked to come in turns to sleep with the senior monk.


Another pedophile monk, a 60-year-old man, molested not only the two boys, but two other monks, aged nine and 11.


Months after facing regular abuse at the monastery, the two boys fled last summer to their village in the southwestern district of Chukha, where they met with Sonam Ongmo, editor of the “The Raven,” which published the story and reported the case to the government’s National Commission for Women and Children.


Chhoekey Penjor, deputy chief information officer at the Children’s Division of the commission, confirmed the allegations were found to be true and “necessary action was taken.”


The “Red Hat” sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan, a nation of about 700,000 people in the Himalayas between India and China.


According to the code of conduct in monasteries, authorities disrobe an erring monk, throw flour on him and chase him away from the monastery – as they did with the 20-year-old monk.


However, the 60-year-old monk remains in the monastery, “The Raven” reported. “This is the first time that child sexual abuse among monks has been reported to us,” Penjor said.


She added that the commission had forwarded the case to the monastic body and that her department had helped set up a child protection office.


But Lopen Gyembo Dorji, secretary general of the monastic body, said he was not aware of sexual abuse in the monastery.


“The Raven” quoted a doctor at a hospital in Thimphu saying he is often visited by monks with psychological or sexual problems, some showing signs of abuse.


Kinley Tshering, a former newspaper editor, said “muffled voices” about sexual abuse in monastic communities had been there “for quite some time now.”


Sexually transmitted infections and HIV have been reported among young monks, and health officials make condoms available to monastic schools.


A 2009 report on risks and vulnerabilities of adolescents revealed that monks were engaging in “thigh sex,” in which a man uses another man’s clenched thighs for intercourse, according to the state-owned Kuensel daily.


A year later, at least a dozen monks, including some who were underage, were diagnosed with STIs, and at least five monks were known to be HIV positive.


On April 10, three monks from Bhutan, aged between 21 and 24, were arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in the Kalimpong town of West Bengal in neighbouring India.


Source: Religion News Service –  Bhutan’s Buddhist monks accused of sexually molesting boys


Further Links:



Religious News

Bhutan seeks to curb sexual diseases among Buddhist monks

Washington Post

Bhutan’s Buddhist monks accused of sexually molesting boys

Tibet Telegraph

What Lies Beneath the Robes: Are Buddhist Monasteries Suitable Places for Children?


Children at the heart of development

Global News

Child abuse cases Bhutan Buddhist monks

The Spoof

Bhutan Monk Arrested

Chicago Tribune

Buddhist monks walk away from sex-abuse cases

The Guardian UK

Bhutan brings children’s rights to monastic schools



Commentary by Chris Chandler (Dialogue Ireland):

Tashe Tsering, who reported the commonality of the sexual abuse at The Potala Palace and the monasteries, including his own sexual abuse, was a ‘dancer” in the Dalai Lama the 14th’s monastery. From the Back Cover of his autobiography:

“As a 13-year-old member of the Dalai Lama’s personal dance troupe, he was frequently whipped or beaten by teachers for minor infractions. A heterosexual, he escaped abuse, becoming a “drombo”, (very common) or homosexual passive partner and sex-toy for a well connected monk.”

The Bhutanese boys were in a Tibetan monastery, of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Lamaism.

The Dalai Lama has now coopted all the sects, the Nyingma, the Kagyu and the Sakya, under him, that is why he can ‘recognize’ a KagyuKarmapa” along with China, this was unheard of EVER in 1000 years for the Dalai Lama to recognize a Karmapa but now all the sects have agreed to be under the Dalai Lama’s auspices after thousands of years and conflictual and even violent interactions. .

All he’d have to do, again is say STOP, but of course that would require acknowledging responsibility for it happening, and admitting it was happening and there being consequences, for it happening. Like the Catholic Church has done.

It took the ordinary people to say stop to the Catholic Churches abuses, but then the parishioners of the Catholic Church no longer allowed themselves to be under the authoritarian might of the priests anymore.




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