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Nepal: 33-Year-Old Spiritual Leader 'Buddha Boy' Arrested Over Alleged Rape Of A Minor

Police arrested Ram Bahadur Bomjan, popularly known as the 'Buddha Boy' in Kathmandu on a warrant issued for his alleged rape of a minor at an ashram in Sarlahi. It has been reported that he was caught with bundles of cash amounting to 30 million Nepali rupees ($225,000) and another $22,500 in foreign currency.

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Nepal's self-styled spiritual leader 'Buddha Boy'
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Nepal police on Wednesday apprehended a spiritual leader Ram Bahadur Bomjan, known as "Buddha Boy" among devotees in connection with allegations of disappearances and rape at his ashrams. The self-styled spiritual leader is considered as a reincarnation of Buddha in Nepal.

The 33-year-old self-styled spiritual leader gained fame as a teenager after followers said he could meditate motionless for months without water, food, or sleep.

Sexual assault charges against Buddha Boy

It has been reported that the 33-year-old guru has long been accused of physically and sexually assaulting his followers, and had been hiding from authorities for several years.

Police arrested Bomjan in Kathmandu on a warrant issued for his alleged rape of a minor at an ashram in Sarlahi, a district south of the capital. They said he was caught with bundles of cash amounting to 30 million Nepali rupees ($225,000) and another $22,500 in foreign currency.

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Dozens of assault complaints were filed against Bomjan in 2010. He said he beat the victims because they disturbed his meditation.

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