China's top monk faces sex assault probe

Master Xuecheng, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, had been "taken for questioning by the relevant authorities days ago before being released", the state-run Global Times said.
Master Xuecheng, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, had been "taken for questioning by the relevant authorities days ago before being released", the state-run Global Times said.PHOTO: REUTERS

State body acts after report on accusations goes viral; abbot refutes allegations

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 on 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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