Ladakh Buddhist Association president sacked over molestation charges

“Consequently the Central Working Committee of Ladakh Buddhist Association met unanimously condemned the alleged criminal act of the Tsewang Thinles,” it added.
Ladakh Buddhist Association president sacked over molestation charges

Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) on Tuesday sacked itsincumbent president Tsewang Thinles over charges of sexual assault on a teenagegirl.

Thinles was booked under Protection of Children from SexualOffences (POCSO) Act after a teenage girl lodged a complaint at Women PoliceStation alleging that she was sexually assaulted by him.

Acting over the complaint, a case under FIR Number 5/19under section 354, 354-A RPC and 9(L)/10 POCSO Act was registered at WomenPolice Station Leh and investigation was started, said an official.

The Central Working Committee of Ladakh Buddhist Associationheld an emergency meeting and expressed shock over the alleged act involvingTsewang Thinles.

"The news of FIR lodged in Women Police station, Leh againstTsewang Thinless, President, Ladakh Buddhist Association, Leh in an allegedcriminal molestation came as an extreme shock to the Buddhist Community ofLadakh," read a statement issued by General Secretary LBA.

"Consequently the Central Working Committee of LadakhBuddhist Association met unanimously condemned the alleged criminal act of theTsewang Thinles," it added.

Ladakh Buddhist Association, it said, dissociates itselffrom the Tsewang Thinles henceforth and his membership from General Council isalso declared vacant.

The Central Working Committee also decided that senior VicePresident P. T. Kunzang will function as President of Ladakh BuddhistAssociation till the tenure of the present General Council in the overallinterest of the organisation.

It also demanded a free and fair trial of the case throughfast track court.

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