Beijing investigating highest-ranking monk for sexual assault

Both Master Xuecheng and Longquan monastery have refuted the allegations contained in a 95-page report by two former masters at the monastery.
Both Master Xuecheng and Longquan monastery have refuted the allegations contained in a 95-page report by two former masters at the monastery.PHOTO: TWITTER/@XUECHENG

BEIJING - China's powerful State Administration for Religious Affairs has begun investigating allegations that the country's highest-ranking Buddhist monk had sexually assaulted nuns under his charge, after a detailed report with the accusations went viral this week.

Master Xuecheng, head of the Buddhist Association of China, is the latest public figure to be accused of sexual assault as the #MeToo movement picks up steam in China.

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