Bihar: A Buddhist monk who run Bodh Gaya’s Prajna Jyoti Buddhist School and Meditation Centre was taken into custody for alleged sexual abuse of 15 children from Assam, who were studying at the institution on Wednesday. Also Read - Coronavirus in Bihar: What Self-isolation? Hospitals Blamed For Failing to Contain Spread

The abbot who ran the Meditation Centre at Mastipur village in Bodh Gaya where the children – hailing from Karbi Anglong district in Assam were studying had been sexually exploiting the school-going children. The police said that had received information that the boys were being sexually exploited by the monk. Superintendent of Police Bodh Gaya, Anil Kumar said the monk was being questioned by Town Deputy SP Rajkumar Shah. Also Read - 'Will Defeat Purpose of Lockdown': Nitish Kumar on UP Govt's Strategy of Arranging Buses For Migrant Workers

DSP Rajkumar Shah said, “The children had complained about the monk to their respective guardians. Also, they informed us that they were thrashed, mistreated and sexually abused while staying in the school. We are investigating the matter now and will take relevant action.”

This case comes at a time when the Bihar government is being strongly criticised by the Opposition for the over the growing number of sexual abuse cases in the state.

Earlier this year, Mumbai’s leading research institute -Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)- stated in a report that at least 34 girls were being sexually abused at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur. The police then rescued 34 girls living in the vicinity and had arrested 11 employees working at the shelter home on July 24.

With inputs from ANI.