Nepal | August 10, 2020

Allegations levelled against Bamjan refuted

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:
Bodhi Shrawan Dharma sangha

Officials of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha attend a press conference organised at the Reporters’ Club in Kathmandu, on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Photo: Suresh Chaudhary/THT

Kathmandu, December 29

Officials of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha, a religious organisation led by Ram Bahadur Bamjan, a self-styled ‘Buddha Boy’, have refuted all allegations against Bamjan.

Bamjan has been accused of disappearing four persons from his Bara-based ashram and raping a number of ‘nuns’ working in his ashrams in various districts. Family members of those missing people have also filed a complaint with police in Bara, Makawanpur and Nuwakot districts, demanding a thorough investigation to find the whereabouts of their dear ones.

Organising a press meet today, the officials of BSDS, said the accusations were completely baseless.

Family members of the missing persons at a press meet yesterday had said they had gone to the Bara-based Bamjan’s ashram to become nuns. But, BSDS Spokesperson Mani Lama said that the missing persons could be among the thousands of followers who came to the ashram seeking Bamjan’s blessings.

Lama had been elected as a member of the Parliament from Taplejung in the 1994 election from the Nepali Congress. He was appointed state minister for health and population by former King Gyanendra in 2005. The NC had later expelled him from the party.

Sanchalal Waiba of Makawanpur, who is said to be last seen at Bamjan’s ashram in Bara, is reported missing for the last four years. Fulmaya Rumba of Hetauda, who was called ‘Dolmo’ in the ashram, is reported missing for the last four years from Sindhupalchowk-based ashram. Similarly,  Karma Tamang  of Nuwakot, also known as Chunmo in the ashram, is reported missing for the last seven years from the Sindhuli-based Bamjan’s ashram. And Suresh Aalemagar, a follower of Bamjan who returned home after the 2015 earthquake, was taken back to the ashram by Bamjan’s followers and he has not returned home since.

Ganga Maya, who had served at various ashrams of Bamjan for several years, accused Bamjan of being a paedophile. She said that she, along with dozens of young girls, had become a victim of the self-styled ‘Buddha Boy’.  Supporters of Bamjan refused to talk about her allegations.

A version of this article appears in print on December 30, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Transitional Justice, court, justice, punishment, law

Judiciary: Public should maintain restraint on comments about court order/verdicts

We should not forget that it is the court that upholds justice, protect people's rights. Had the judiciary not been there, whatever the two powerful organs of the state — executive and legislature — wanted to happen, could happen. It is the judiciary that checks the excesses of the executive and Read More...

Maintain essential health services during COVID-19 response: WHO

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 8 World Health Organisation has urged member countries, including Nepal, in the South-East Asia Region to accelerate resumption of disrupted health-care services, hit by the pandemic, as an integral part of the COVID-19 response. “The pandemic has put immense strain on heal Read More...


Young woman dies for want of treatment

BIRGUNJ, AUGUST 8 Bishnu Lama, 22, of Chhapakaiya, Birgunj-2, died for want of treatment in Birgunj this morning. Various hospitals, including Birgunj-based Narayani Hospital had refused to admit Lama, who had experienced breathing complications. She was taken to Corona Special Hospital, Ganda Read More...

Swab sample collected from communities

DHANGADHI, AUGUST 8 Swab samples have been collected to diagnose whether the virus has spread in the community level of the Sudurpaschim Province. The provincial government has started collecting swab samples from communities as the province is at a high risk of infection. Director at Sudur Read More...


Local level in Jhapa imposes lockdown

JHAPA, AUGUST 8 Jhapa’s Mechinagar Municipality has imposed lockdown in certain parts of the municipality, citing threat of community spread of the coronavirus. Following the signs of community spread of the virus, lockdown has been imposed in ward numbers 9 and 10 from midnight yesterday un Read More...


Procedure to regulate health facilities issued

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 8 The 50th executive meeting of Kathmandu Metropolitan City held earlier this week has approved Health Institution Registration, Renewal and Upgradation Procedure-2020, which empowers the metropolis to regulate a hospital and polyclinic with capacity of up to 25 beds. As per Read More...

BPKIHS faces challenge managing COVID-19 cases

DHARAN, AUGUST 8 On Thursday, five members of the same family tested positive for the COVID-19 in Dharan-3. They had to remain in home isolation for 24 hours before they were finally put in hospital isolation of the BP Koirala Institute of Health and Sciences. On Friday, COVID-19 was confirmed Read More...

Share investors following rumours hardest hit

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 8 Most small investors in the country pour in money in the stock market without any technical or theoretical analysis. Thus, the secondary market’s movement is mostly defined by the rumours prevailing among share investors. After rising for a couple of weeks, the Nepse Stock E Read More...