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Monk carrying human skulls detained, later released in Assam

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Monk carrying human skulls detained, later released in Assam
Skulls and human bones confiscated by Indian authority

A Bhutanese monk bound for France via New Delhi was detained by Indian custom officials on 16 august, at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport in Borjhar, Guwahati for possessing human skulls and bones of limbs. He was, however, released after the Bhutanese consulate officials in Kolkota wrote to Assam government requesting his release.

Skulls and human bones confiscated by Indian authority

The monk is said to have confessed the possession of those human remains. According to him the remains are actually the “gifts” to various generous donors of France , who helped the construction of lhakhangs (Buddhist temple) in Gelephu. He was found to be carrying 25 skulls and 20 pairs of femurs in his luggage.

The penal code of Bhutan clearly lacks the stipulations/clauses about the degree of  penalty for such cannibalistic act of transporting human bones across the international border.

It is also very ironic to let the monk free by the Indian custom officials without trying him to the court as per the Indian law.

13 COMMENTS

  1. This monk should be charged for trafficking body parts and penalized in proportion to the extent of crime. Who in Gelephu needs lhakhang to pay the donors with human body parts?

    Away with such demonic lhakhangs and their mean donors…

  2. Dear Bhutanese people,

    Be careful, these skulls may be of your near and dear ones imprisoned and killed by Bhutanese Buddhist king. If not these skulls must be of those relatives of refugees who were imprisoned and killed by Buddhist king. Many Bhutanese have vanished in the dark dungeons of Bhutan. Is there any one can defend this horrific act of Bhutanese Buddhist king and its Buddhist monks?

    Oh, big power of the world weak up. You, India must wake up and show your sincerity in this ghastly activities of Bhutan.

    I hope we will be able to protect our remain people in Bhutan.
    Be careful… be careful all …

  3. Sonam Tshering ,
    It seems Buddhism does not allow to kill the lice and fleas but there is no restriction to carry skulls and bones as gift to the demonic doner. France should have their King Louis VI resurrected to teach them the value of human dignity trampled by modern democracy ….

  4. Those who do business look for more similar items. Cloth merchant look for clothes, banana merchant look for banana and this skull merchant look for more death to collect humsn skulls. So? Isn’t it simple equation to answer he is looking may be your skull?

    Wah what a great business of Bhutanese monk. Buddha said to preach non-violence and love. Where is Buddha’s preaching?

  5. dear sonam tshering
    i feel you are not budhist at all so your coconut skull is limited to understand this business or reality daily needs of yogi.
    please don’t try to make preaching as retreat of deities,
    we have so many wrathful deities when monk preform this type of offering its there need in our society, are you going say that drukpa kunley other great yogi as not enlightened beings, like telopa is fisherman , marpa as a lay man, so respect every being it self is preaching of Buddha, and keep your preaching to self,

  6. This is weird. He should be punished true…. but I don’t like how the reporter puts, “The penal code of Bhutan clearly lacks the stipulations/clauses about the degree of penalty for such cannibalistic act of transporting human bones across the international border.

    It is also very ironic to let the monk free by the Indian custom officials without trying him to the court as per the Indian law.” within a news. Keep it simple and just let us read the news. (Nothing more, nothing less)
    He should be tried!

  7. khashapa drukpa,

    To “respect every being it self” sounds alot like condoning negative or violent behavior because it is supported by a outdated practices of a religion. People are entitled to believe what they want and I will respect that, until their practice is at the expense of someone elses well being. It sounds to me like “respect every being it self” is like saying you would rather look away from negativity and forget about it than acknowledge the negativity and confront it with disdain. Isn’t Yogi the time of purity? Condoning violence is contributing to the violance.