Saturday, February 3, 2007


Buddhist monk charged with raping Australian

‘A senior Thai Buddhist monk has been charged with raping a Vietnamese Australian teenager during a ritual he claimed would protect her from bad luck, police said today.

“The victim did not know at first she had been raped because she thought it was part of the rite, until she called her parents and they told her to report to the embassy and the police,” Colonel Thanit Ratanopast said.

The 18-year-old woman went to the police, who told her to plant a camera in her bag when she went back to see Phra Wimonmunee, the 59-year-old abbot of a Bangkok temple, they said.

Police then arrested the monk while he was trying to rape the woman again, they said.’

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