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Buddhist spiritual guru arrested on rape charges

KATHMANDU — The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police has arrested a ‘Buddhist spiritual guru’ for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting women from his monastery.

Police have arreated 56-year-old Tulku Guru Remborchhe Chhulthim Dorje Yontan (Yonjan) aka Tulku Lama of Dumja-9 in Sindhuli district, who, saying his divine power could cure all kinds of illnesses, used to molest and rape his followers.

Acting on complaints lodged by the victims, CIB raided Pema Tashi Chyuling Ghombo Kasung, a monastery in Chalnakhel, Dakshinkali Municipality-10, and arrested him with some suspicious substances.

An investigation had found Lama had sexually abused women visiting him claiming he had supernatural powers to heal any diseases.

Police has filed a case against Lama in District Court and are further investigating the case. The so-called guru has been charged with rape and Kathmandu District Court has remanded him to five-day judicial custody for further investigation, said police.

The monastery houses several women and his followers came to him with various problems in the hope that ‘his divine power’ could give them a respite.

According to police, Lama made the women undress assuring to heal them with his ‘divine power’ before raping them under threat. He himself called an incarnation of 33 koti devata (33 crore gods) and warned his followers that any harm done to him would bring bad omen to them.

Lama even threatened the victims with dire consequence and even death and barred some of his followers from marrying, warning that if they married they would die.



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