High-ranking Chinese Buddhist monk under investigation for sexual abuse

China investigates high-ranking Buddhist monk accused of coercing nuns into sex

Source: Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s religious affairs administration said on Thursday it would investigate claims a high-ranking Buddhist monk sexually harassed nuns and coerced them into sex, the latest case of a prominent figure accused of sexual misconduct in China.

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Xuecheng, the abbot of the well-known Longquan Temple on the outskirts of Beijing, has denied the allegations and on Wednesday night posted a statement from the temple on his Weibo microblog account saying the allegations stemmed from “fabricated material” and “distorted facts”.

The allegations against Xuecheng, who also heads the Buddhist Association of China and is a member of the Communist Party’s top political advisory body, were outlined in a 95-page document prepared by two former monks at the monastery.

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