Nepalese man known as 'Buddha Boy' jailed for sexual assault

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From independent.co.uk

Ram Bahadur Bamjan, also known as “Buddha Boy,” who some consider to be the reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, was found guilty by a Nepali court of sexually assaulting a minor. The decision was made by a judge at the Sarlahi District Court.

“The district court… found Bomjan guilty of sexual abuse of a minor,” Sarlahi information officer Sikindar Kaapar said. (Yahoo News)

Bomjan, 33, was sentenced on July 1, with the prosecutor requesting a sentence of 12 to 15 years in prison. “He was sentenced to 10 years in prison,” District Court Registrar Sadan Adhikari said after the hearing. (Microsoft Start)

Bomjan was also ordered to pay $3 in damages to the victim. His lawyer, Dilip Kumar Jha, said he would appeal the conviction.

Bamjan was arrested in January on charges of sexual assault and suspected involvement in the disappearance of at least four of his supporters. Charges related to the disappearances are still awaiting trial. Bomjan was apprehended in a suburb of Kathmandu after trying to escape by jumping out of a window. During his arrest, police seized Nepali banknotes worth $227 and foreign currencies worth $000.

The Bamjan community, the Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha, said in a statement in January: “We appeal to our devotees and well-wishers not to be distracted and to remain patient and calm. . . . We would like to request our devotees and well-wishers to continue walking on the path of truth and continue to help the Nepal government to find the correct facts. » (CNN)

From yahoo.com

The “little Buddha” became famous in 2005, after devotees claimed he meditated under a tree without moving for months, without eating or drinking. Despite waning popularity following accusations of sexual and physical assault, Bamjan has continued to maintain camps in southern Nepal, where thousands come to worship or reside.

In 2010, Bamjan made headlines for fighting with local residents: “I respect the law, but only the right one. There are also bad laws. I didn’t do anything wrong,” he told reporters. “They disturbed me while I was meditating…tried to bully me. So I had to beat them up. » (Republica)

In 2018, an 18-year-old nun publicly accused the father of raping her in one of his ashrams. However, police said the nun did not file a formal complaint, so no action was taken. Community leaders said the story was “completely made up.” (CNN)

Bamjan's claims that he is the reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, born in southwest Nepal about 2 years ago and revered as the Buddha, have been met with skepticism by Buddhist scholars.

See more

Nepal Convicts 'Buddha Boy' for Sexual Abuse of Minor (Yahoo! News)
Nepalese court sentences 'Buddha Boy' to 10 years in prison for sexual abuse (Microsoft Start)
Buddha Boy gets 10 years in prison for raping a minor (Himalayan Times)
Spiritual leader 'Buddha Boy' found guilty of child sexual assaultIndependent)
Police raid 'Buddha boy' ashram in Nepal (CNN)
The unrepentant “Buddha boy” (Republica Social Affairs via Archive.org)

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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