CHIANG RAI – A sickening video taken in a Buddhist temple somewhere in Northern Thailand shows the horrific caning being given to a child monk after he misbehaved during religious classes.
In the clip, recorded on a phone, later posted on YouTube went viral showing an adult monk using a large cane to strike a young novice of maybe 12 or 13 years of age.
The adult monk can be seen hitting the young novice at least 10 times despite the boy’s desperate cries and pleading for the monk to stop.
The video, posted on YouTube then Facebook and viewed more than 3.5 million times, calls for help in identifying the location so that appropriate action can be taken against the monk.
Horrific photographs of the boy’s wounds have also been released, showing terrible lacerations across his back.
One of the principal Buddhist tenets, clearly forgotten by this vile monk, is ‘ahimsa’ which means ‘not to injure’, and this is a primary virtue in the faith.
It is unclear where the clip was filmed but the dialect is thought to be from Northern Thailand.
In most Buddhist countries it is normal for men and boys to spend some time in a temple as a novice monk before carrying on with normal life.
When the parents entrust the boys or young men to the monks for a period of up to a year they expect the monks to teach the child the principal Buddhist tenets and generally take care of their children.
In 2014 Thai religious authorities launched a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts by Buddhist monks.
The hotline was introduced after a cascade of high-profile scandals ranging from reports of monks taking drugs and drinking, to a case in May of five defrocked abbots charged with sexually abusing boys.
The National Office of Buddhism (NOB) said the idea for a hotline emerged after Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-O-Cha expressed concern over the image of Buddhism, a religion that counts an estimated 95 per cent of its 67 million population as devotees.
The National Office of Buddhism said there are around 270,000 monks across the country, which counts religion as one of its key pillars.
By Keyan Milanian