Police in the south central province of Ninh Thuan have sought a medical examination for a pagoda boy they say was repeatedly tied up and whipped by the pagoda's manager.
Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Xuan Phong, deputy chief police officer of Phan Rang-Thap Cham town, said the results of the examination will be added to the evidence of abuse they've compiled against Nguyen Vo Dong who manages the Long Son Pagoda, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
The police Dong's victimized two boys -- Le Van Nui, 10, and Tran Le Minh Nguyen, 8 -- whose parents had entrusted them into the pagoda's care.
The officers can only examine Nui, since Nguyen’s grandmother and legal guardian refused to file a complaint.
Le Thi Vin, Nui’s mother, says she wants justice.
Many families in Vietnam send their children to pagodas for both religions and economic reasons.
Pagodas often agree to raise children for a nominal cost.
The police have collected a length of rope and an electrical cable which Dong confessed to using to “torture” Nui and Nguyen who both attend a local primary school.
He said he tied the boys’ arms and legs with the rope before lashing them with the cable.
His confession matched the boys’ statements, according to the police.
A rope and a cord that Nguyen Vo Dong, a manager of a pagoda in Ninh Thuan Province, allegedly used to tie and whip two novices. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
The boys said Dong beat them many times starting in May of this year.
Their bodies still carry many injuries that have yet to heal.
People living near the pagoda called the police after hearing children’s cries and screams, and seeing their injuries.
Representatives from the Ninh Thuan Buddhism Committee said Dong is still studying to be a monk.
They said he was charged with managing the pagoda while the chief monk is away.