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China’s highest-ranking Buddhist monk accused of sexually harassing nuns

China2018-08-02

The abbot of a Beijing-based temple, who is also a national political adviser, allegedly sexually harassed several nuns and "controlled their minds" to force them into sexual relations.Shi Xianjia and Shi Xianqi from the Longquan Temple said in a report to relevant governmental departments that Master Xuecheng, the abbot of Longquan Temple, sexually harassed several nuns, including sending illicit messages to them and forcing them to have sexual relations with him, according to a copy of the report circulated online on Wednesday.However, the temple said the two whistleblowers have "forged materials, distorted facts and spread false information" that misled the public.The temple will ask the government to establish an investigation team, read a statement from the temple, which was released by Xuecheng on his Weibo account on Wednesday night.A source with information on the alleged incident in Longquan Temple told the Global Times that the report was initially given to relevant governmental departments and people in the Buddhist field.Xuecheng was taken for questioning by relevant authorities days ago before being released, said the insider who requested anonymity.Xuecheng is a member of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and also the head of the Buddhist Association of China. Shi Zewu, deputy head of the association, told the Global Times on Wednesday that he has never heard about the report and refused to comment on the incident.Xuecheng could not be reached by the Global Times on Wednesday. Xuecheng posted pictures of a national flag raising ceremony on his Sina social media account on Wednesday after the scandal broke out, vowing to carry forward patriotism. The report said Xuecheng used text messages to mind-control nuns to tempt them into having sex with him, claiming it was part of their study of Buddhist doctrines.Shi Xianqi and Shi Xianjia started investigating Xuecheng's message after a nun, who stayed in Beijing in December 2017, turned to them for help with sexual messages from Xuecheng, the report said.They have consulted with experts from the Ministry of Public Security to make sure that the messages were indeed sent by Xuecheng. Shi Xianjia and Shi Xianqi also allegedly acquired a record of Xuecheng's cell phone messages "through legal means."The messages showed that Xuecheng tempted or threatened at least six nuns to have sex with him, four of whom capitulated to his requests.One of the nuns reported to a police station in Haidian district on June 29 that Xuecheng had sexually assaulted her, the report said."Longquan Temple is under his spell. Xuecheng manipulated disciples to serve his 'Buddhist Empire'… disciples under his control sacrificed their precious practices of Buddhist doctrines and violated these doctrines, even laws," read the report.The Wednesday incident is the latest sexual harassment case following reports of sexual harassment involving prominent Chinese intellectuals and activists.(GLOBAL TIMES)

The abbot of a Beijing-based temple, who is also a national political adviser, allegedly sexually harassed several nuns and "controlled their minds" to force them into sexual relations.

Shi Xianjia and Shi Xianqi from the Longquan Temple said in a report to relevant governmental departments that Master Xuecheng, the abbot of Longquan Temple, sexually harassed several nuns, including sending illicit messages to them and forcing them to have sexual relations with him, according to a copy of the report circulated online on Wednesday.

However, the temple said the two whistleblowers have "forged materials, distorted facts and spread false information" that misled the public.

The temple will ask the government to establish an investigation team, read a statement from the temple, which was released by Xuecheng on his Weibo account on Wednesday night.

A source with information on the alleged incident in Longquan Temple told the Global Times that the report was initially given to relevant governmental departments and people in the Buddhist field.

Xuecheng was taken for questioning by relevant authorities days ago before being released, said the insider who requested anonymity.

Xuecheng is a member of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and also the head of the Buddhist Association of China. 

Shi Zewu, deputy head of the association, told the Global Times on Wednesday that he has never heard about the report and refused to comment on the incident.

Xuecheng could not be reached by the Global Times on Wednesday. Xuecheng posted pictures of a national flag raising ceremony on his Sina social media account on Wednesday after the scandal broke out, vowing to carry forward patriotism. 

The report said Xuecheng used text messages to mind-control nuns to tempt them into having sex with him, claiming it was part of their study of Buddhist doctrines.

Shi Xianqi and Shi Xianjia started investigating Xuecheng's message after a nun, who stayed in Beijing in December 2017, turned to them for help with sexual messages from Xuecheng, the report said.

They have consulted with experts from the Ministry of Public Security to make sure that the messages were indeed sent by Xuecheng. 

Shi Xianjia and Shi Xianqi also allegedly acquired a record of Xuecheng's cell phone messages "through legal means."

The messages showed that Xuecheng tempted or threatened at least six nuns to have sex with him, four of whom capitulated to his requests.

One of the nuns reported to a police station in Haidian district on June 29 that Xuecheng had sexually assaulted her, the report said.

"Longquan Temple is under his spell. Xuecheng manipulated disciples to serve his 'Buddhist Empire'… disciples under his control sacrificed their precious practices of Buddhist doctrines and violated these doctrines, even laws," read the report.

The Wednesday incident is the latest sexual harassment case following reports of sexual harassment involving prominent Chinese intellectuals and activists.

(GLOBAL TIMES)

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