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Controversial ‘Buddha Boy’ Spiritual Leader Arrested in Nepal on Sexual Abuse Charges

'Buddha Boy' Arrested
'Buddha Boy' Arrested

Ram Bahadur Bomjan, popularly known as ‘Buddha Boy’ and believed by some to be the reincarnation of Buddha, has been arrested in Nepal on charges of sexual abuse, according to local police. Bomjan was apprehended on allegations of sexual exploitation of a minor. With an arrest warrant issued against him in 2020 for the sexual abuse of a minor girl who had reportedly been living as a nun at his ashram in the Bara district, south of Kathmandu.

Arrest Details

Acting on a tip-off, police tracked down the 34-year-old spiritual leader to the outskirts of Kathmandu. Arresting him while he was attempting to flee. During the arrest, authorities seized over a dozen mobile phones, five laptops and tablets, as well as more than $200,000 in Nepali and foreign currencies from Bomjan’s residence.

A Controversial Figure

Bomjan first gained international attention nearly two decades ago when, at the age of 15, he retreated into the jungle to meditate for 10 months, with claims circulating that he did so without consuming food, water, or sleep. While these claims were never independently verified, they led some of his followers to believe he was the reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha.

Allegations of Wrongdoing

Despite his initial fame, Bomjan has faced numerous allegations in recent years. In 2019, his ashram was raid while investigating the disappearance of four of his followers. Police have now indicated that they are conducting further investigations and searches regarding followers who have disappeared from Bomjan’s ashram at various times.

The sexual abuse charges stem from allegations made by a nun in 2018. She accused Bomjan of raping her at one of his ashrams when she was a minor. At that time, representatives from Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha, the organization managing Bomjan’s ashrams, denied the rape allegations. Labeling them as “completely made-up.”

Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s arrest marks a significant development in the ongoing controversies surrounding his spiritual leadership.

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