A Buddhist monk has been arrested by the Indian police for sexually abusing 15 boys.

According to officials, the monk, Bhante Shanghpriya Sujoy, was detained in the UNESCO heritage town of Bodh Gaya, after boys complained that they had been beaten, abused and forced to dance naked, police said.

Speaking with AFP, a senior police officer at Bodh Gaya said; “serious allegations” against Bhante Shanghpriya Sujoy who took boys aged between six and 12 from impoverished families in India’s remote northeast.

“The children complained to their guardians about physical and sexual abuse by their head monk. The children say they were thrashed and sexually abused at the school. They were locked up without food and water if they resisted,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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