Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said once that bribes are part of business and on other occasions, that bribing is an Italian national tradition. No wonder: he had himself been accused of a long list of corruption charges and had to step down. As well-known, Nepal is backward in most levels which are necessary for development. Yet the Himalayan country has a long-time leading position in corruption-assessment graphs. Nepali’s great hope that their famous but controversial Buddha Boy would bring ethical reforms to the country, ethics and spirituality to politics, had been proved to be a wrong calculation: there had been never before more bribes, affairs of politicians involved in covering up the crimes of their powerful allies, police refusing to register criminal reports against “Thulo manche”, than it is after Nepal’s “Maitreya” became a Government-supported religious dictator:
“Jan 30, 2019: Nepal’s position on the latest Corruption Perception Index has worsened from last year, falling to 124 from 122 in 2017. The Index, published on Tuesday by Transparency International, draws on 13 surveys, along with expert assessments, to rank 180 countries on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Nepal’s score for 2018 is 31, the same it received last year. A score of below 50 is considered indicative of poor governance. Ranked third after Afghanistan (16) and Bangladesh (26), Nepal remains one of the most corrupt countries in South Asia. “
The Kathmandu Post: Nepal falls two places to 124 on Corruption Perception Index
Yet there is a difference towards the past: while I remember times when it was acceptable to joke about the country’s politicians, police and lawyers entangled in bribes, nowadays the critical citizen cannot even say a word. The viral epidemic of corruption in Nepal is empowered by new and new laws to curtail freedom of speech and expression, and suffocates the voices of critics who do not like the Berlusconi-style politics anymore:
LUTNA SAKE LUT NEPAL MAI CHHA CHHUT
“A popular Nepali folk singer says he removed a satirical song on corruption from YouTube after the youth wing of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) allegedly threatened him, local media reported on Monday. Pashupati Sharma released a video of the song “Lutna Sake Lut, Nepal Mai Chha Chhut” (loot whatever you can, since that’s allowed only in Nepal) over the weekend. … Sharma said he took the video down after he received threatening calls from members of the Youth Federation of Nepal, a student wing of the NCP. The current communist government has been accused of curtailing freedom of expression and increasing surveillance on social media users.”
The lyrics (Archive.today and Archive.org) of the song and the video clip are truthfully describing the appalling situation in Nepal, where people with honest approach struggle to survive, while those ready to bribe and cheat are becoming successful. The video also shows the dire condition of roads, concretely the Kathmandu-Hetauda road which is left unfinished due to corruption among politicians and investors, and poses danger for travel. The song criticizes “thulo neta” (big politicians) and the fact that if they are accused of any corruption or criminal case, they are soon out of jail. Although he does not name anyone, there are many implications about the gold smuggling case, where all “thulo manche” involved had been released from jail after a few months, while the “small fish” like drivers are getting punished. Nepalis must feel overwhelmed by the fact that wherever they look, all Government projects are soon halted because of corruption (brashtachaar), be it anything involving airports, technical equipment, planes, road-projects, building bridges, medical schools (see the hunger striker Dr. Govinda KC’s unsuccessful fight), education system, police (Nirmala Pant’s case and, of course, Ram Bomjon’s 45 victims accusations not even investigated)…
Yet, instead of sitting back and evaluating the sad situation, the Communist politicians reacted swiftly by banning the song. Interestingly, this is the same group of politicians who are providing protection to Ram Bomjon against any police investigation, even after he was recently (again) accused of rape, murder and disappearing six of his followers.
Their reaction to the overwhelming amount of proof that Nepal’s Religious Dictator is actually a criminal, was similar like in the case of the critical song of Pashupati Sharma: instead of listening to the plight of the victims, they want to hide the truth by :
- silencing the media (if they don’t get more news, they will forget soon)
- silencing the victims (where did the Government hide Gangamaya Tamang, Bomjon’s rape victim? Is she alive? No news…)
- and creating NEW LAWS which would limit and ban even more of the already limping freedom of opinion, freedom of expression and freedom of press in Nepal, as the above mentioned Social Media Law
KATI DINCHA? HOW I HAD BEEN NEARLY SOLD TO BOMJON’S GANG
When I have returned to Nepal after 2012, I had slept in Amlekhganj, a small town on the way to Halkhoriya. It was too late when I have realized that the friendly Tamang family had Ram Bomjon’s photo on their Buddhist altar. I hoped that they have not recognized me, Marici, even if I had been in the TV and newspapers in March 2012. I was sleeping in the room alone, and they stayed in the next room. But I woke up for the voice of the wife of the family at around 2 AM. She might have thought I could not hear, but I heard her clearly through the thin wall and door, repeatedly asking someone on the other end: “Kati dincha?” (How much you pay?). Because at the time my Nepali knowledge was already quite good, I could also pick up the rest of the conversation. It was about me! But the “kati dincha” had been repeated, and apparently the lady wanted much more from selling me to Ram Bomjon’s cult members, then they were willing to offer.
I waited until “load shedding”, as those times the electricity had been switched off quite often, and when the whole house and town became pitch dark, I took my bags and sneaked out of the ground floor room, which had, to my fortune, a direct access to the yard and street. Although it was around 3 AM, I headed to the nearby jungle with dogs barking behind me, climbing through gardens and fields. Nothing could have been worse than being re-kidnapped by Nepal’s most dangerous criminals, posing as a religious group, because I knew that they had been protected by politicians and had a lot of money.
Yet, sitting down many kilometers later in the middle of the dark jungle, I was still shivering from what I have heard in the “friendly Tamang family”, who gave me a night’s shelter. The “Kati dincha?” is resonating in my head till today…
This magic mantra “Kati dincha?” had been heard by everyone in Nepal who dared to want something from a person in authority, something what is a basic right in any democratic country, but gets too expensive in Nepal. And if there are two conflicting sides, like in a court case or police, then the one who gives more, wins the case.
The fact that Nepal is led by Communist and Maoist parties, which should at least pretend some effort to achieve equal opportunities, is rather surprising in this context. But even more surprising is that a state-supported religious guru (Bomjon), who preaches equality and non-discrimination, uses the most primitive forms of corruption to cover up his true activities.
During the Communist Era in Eastern Europe we used to have a joke: “Everyone is equal, just that some people are equaller than others!”
NGIMA DAWA TAMANG’S KAPAN GUESTHOUSE: THE BRIBE CENTER OF BODHI SHRAWAN DHARMA SANGHA
R. T. an India ex-devotee of Ram Bomjon, had contacted me in about 2014. He had described me situations he experienced in Nepal, while staying very near to the “Buddha Boy”, in fact he was one of the few who had been allowed to stay in Bomjon’s privacy. The Indian young man was absolutely worshiping the “Maitriya Guru”, and this was the base of our friendship in former years as well. Yet, what he had seen and heard after he arrived to Nepal, shocked and disgusted him, and he managed to work through the lies that the Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha (the official community of followers) had fed him with, concerning my kidnapping and torture in 2012. He had apologized to me.
This formerly very devoted boy had witnessed, in the Family Homestay of Ngima Dawa Tamang, conversations about Bomjon’s many police and court cases. Ngima Dawa and other Nepali leaders of the group had been regularly requesting the foreigner followers to collect huge amounts of money, so that the “guru’s” court and police cases get “managed”. What was actually a simple, traditional good-old Nepali BRASHTACHAAR.
Although I had come to the whole thing in 2011, still believing that Ngima Dawa Tamang spent most of our donations and guesthouse room fees on his propagated orphanage Chhahari Organization, it was becoming more and more clear that the money collected from foreigners ended up in Ram Bomjon’s pocket. Dawa was considering Bomjon a god, not only a guru. He was everything for him, because he was convinced that Bomjon had saved the life of his small daughter suffering from heart disease, who was operated in the US. Bomjon might have saved the small daughter, but Dawa’s bigger daughter had recently departed from the same illness. So it is questionable if Bomjon played a role in Dawa’s daughters’health.
(It is interesting that in the very same Family Guesthouse, Manu, Bomjon’s slowly dying sister had been placed around 2015, allegedly to be cared for, as she was unable to look after herself because of the brain swelling after the brutal beating by her Buddha Boy brother and his crime assistants, which had been witnessed by some followers and shared with a French ex-devotee. It nearly seems that Manu had been hidden in Bomjon’s own premises from the public, or eventual investigators, until she died in 2016, a few months after shifted to another follower, khenpo Sonam Gyurme’s Swayambhunath buddhist monastery. Knowing too well and personally Bomjon’s family, I could never believe that none of Manu’s 8 siblings would look after her, if they had been allowed by their powerful guru-brother.
Another mysterious death, of Dr. Moore, had also occurred, according to his relatives in the USA, in some “child care center” or “orphanage” of Bomjon’s devotees, who, as I was explained, had then swiftly cremated his body, avoiding post-mortem examination. None of these deaths, in the premises of “orphanages” and “family guesthouse” linked to Ram Bomjon ever ringed the bell of alarm in Nepali society, even less in police or in the Government! See more: A deadly dharma).
Money was always a thing that BSDS (Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha) had been asking from us, foreigners. It was never enough. Nepalis had been giving huge amounts though, but due to the value of the Nepalese Rupee, it could not compete with the foreign donations from Kim Nguyen from California, USA, Dr. Moon of Canada (who allegedly spent all his pension savings on donations to Bomjon), Ivy Jugoa of The Netherlands, and just any rich follower from Russia, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, Hongkong, China, Japan… According to Daniel Haber’s book “Journey into the forest” Bomjon had on his bank account millions of rupees already in 2006, when he just started to publicly sit under a tree.
In spite of the lies about ecology and protection of the jungle in Halkhoriya, locals and the Forest Department know much too well that Bomjon had been felling many trees and selling them to tree-smugglers over many years, getting just another source of illegal money. I have personally seen and heard trees having been cut on a daily basis and carried out of Bomjon’s encroached jungle in Halkhoriya, but that time I believed Jas Bahadur Waiba’s explanation that it was because the trees were ill and had to be cut to save the jungle…
So Bomjon was and is certainly not poor. After all, he travels by helicopters even to villages, he owns one of Nepal’s most expensive cars, and gets hundreds of APF policemen as his guards during public appearances. He also had encroached dozens of hectares of Nepal’s forest land, and he had built many ashrams in many districts.
POLICE IS REGULARLY BRIBED TO NOT OPEN, NOT TO INVESTIGATE OR CLOSE FIRS AGAINST BOMJON
FIR is a First Information Report to the police in Nepal. In Bomjon’s case, there had been FIRs registered nearly every year against his crimes by victims, over the last 12 years. Although, when I had counted recently the number of victims had been more than 40 (by adding the latest 6 disappeared, 1 murdered and 1 raped victim it is getting to 48!), not everyone had a chance to register a FIR. Some victims had died (at the consequence of Bomjon’s actions!) before they could do it, like Manu, Bomjon’s sister, Dr. Moore, the lonely and retired US psychologist, or the monk Waiwa whom he lynched to death according to two eye-witnesses. Others, like myself, had been not given the chance to register a FIR because the Government had looked after it we could not. Others were happy to escape and forget, like Anil Khatri or the Australian follower. Again other victims had vanished, even after they showed up after the tortures by Bomjon for a moment, like the mysterious “Spanish woman” or Mata Ani of Sindhupalchowk.
Yet even if some Bomjon-victims had the chance to place a FIR, the shocking thing is that they had been never accepted by the police! Nepal is simply a country where citizens (and yes, even foreign visitors) have no right to get justice after they had suffered criminal cases from “thulo manche” like Bomjon.
The 17 Madeshi villagers of Manarhawa did try it, sometimes in 2010, yet their FIRs had dissolved into air soon after they were registered. Bomjon had been “questioned” once by polite and servile APF policemen, when he simply told he was forced to beat the men as they allegedly mimicked him. 17 victims-witnesses had been not given a credit, yet Bomjon, a single person and aggressor (the wounds could be seen on the men’s bodies), had been considered more trustworthy. Bomjon was assisted by his monks in the beating, yet those had been not even questioned by police.
Cases where FIRs had been registered, yet REJECTED by Nepal’s police, had cumulated in 2018 and 2019. Ganga Maya Tamang was unsuccessful to convince the police in Kathmandu that her terrible story of a many-years long sexual abuse by Bomjon was truth and had been cleared away from the way soon. There are no more news about her, if she is alive at all…
The bereaved families of the 6 followers of Bomjon who all disappeared while staying in Bomjon’s ashrams, did not convince the police either. Or maybe this time yes, but the police told they had not received instructions from the Government to proceed with investigations!
Maybe the most hope had been raised when the investigation into the murder of monk Waiwa had proved that the eye-witnesses had been speaking truth. Yet, at the pressure of the Government the police had been forced to stop the investigation into the killing.
Bomjon had become Nepal’s Religious Dictator. No law, no police and no media is allowed to investigate his crimes against humanity, rapes, kidnappings, tortures and murders.
THROUGH BRIBES, BOMJON AND HIS CRIME-ASSISTANTS GOT ABOVE THE LAW IN NEPAL
The best example how BRASHTACHAAR is deciding about police investigation into Bomjon’s crimes, is what I have heard from Bomjon’s relative, when I visited his mother in Bongjor village, Ratanpuri Gavisha. While his mother Mayadevi stood nearby, the relative described how Bomjon had ordered his followers Tomek Tarnawski (Dorje), Bal Hari Rai, Darshan Limbu and others to kidnap and lock up his mother and five siblings, and torture them, keeping them five days in the hut in the jungle. Bomjon’s mother went there soon after I had been released on 24 March, 2012, because she had seen my story on the TV. She wanted to take away Ranjita, her smallest daughter who was 13 at the time, from the dangerous gang, but Ranjita, kept far from the view of tortures and hostages, was fooled that she was in the best and safest environment near her guru-brother, and refused to join her family to go home.
After Bomjon had released his mother and siblings, Mayadevi went to the main police headquarters in Kalaiya to report the incident and request them to free the brainwashed Ranjita. Prateek Daily had informed about this with a photo showing Mayadevi handing over the police report. Unfortunately soon after this Jas Bahadur Waiba, a local strongman of Piluwa, a nearby village at Halkhoriya, and Bomjon’s fanatic follower, had called up the police chief, learning about Mayadevi’s FIR, and offered 70 000 Nepalese Rupees to the man if he closed the case. It worked, and the case had been never investigated. Mayadevi heard the telephone conversation, but could not do anything against the “Thulo Manche” of Bara District.
Image above: Bomjon’s mother Mayadevi reporting her own son to police in 2012. A few hours later the FIR had been taken down, as Jas Bahadur Waiba had offered a 70 000 NRP bribe. Source: Prateek Daily.
Many of us know that police officers had been regularly bribed by Bomjon’s followers, usually through Jas Bahadur Waiba, to not to proceed with investigations into the crimes done by Bomjon against a long list of victims. Cases appeared from time to time in the media only, with information like “police is investigating the case”, just to learn years later that there had never been any investigation because money had been paid to the police and politicians to close the case.
No wonder that all 3 months, while I was slowly dying on the chains on Bomjon in Halkhoriya, while practically all the surrounding villages knew about me being held hostage there, including the police, there had been no initiative from the police, army or APF to rescue me. No wonder also that even after my release, when I detailed the torture and named my torturers, the police did not do anything with the information. The case of Anil Khatri, whom Bomjon tried to behead (!), but managed to only cut his shoulders, had also never been investigated, neither the case when Bomjon held hostage a Spanish tourist right after that. Both had been shown in the TV and media, just to be deleted from the Internet soon. Then the 17 Madeshis, who had mentioned that they tried to report Bomjon and his monks for the brutal beating that they tortured them with, after kidnapping them and locking them up in a hut, the had never got justice as well.
So should we wonder that Gangamaya Tamang, the victim who was a minor when Bomjon started to rape her, was rejected by police after she tried to make a FIR in Lalitpur? And that the families of 6 disappeared followers of Bomjon will not get justice, not even have they the right for an investigation into the fate of their loved ones, because the Government did not allow the police to continue investigation? And a murder, witnessed by two people who had seen Bomjon and his followers lynch a monk to death, will follow the course of all the previous 45 cases as well…
Image above: Jas Bahadur Waiba (in white) with ex-minister Mani Lama and another BSDS member in a press conference they organized to defend Bomjon against his rape victim, 18-years old Gangamaya Tamang’s accusations from the time when she was only 14. The same “elite” had been defending Bomjon also after I was released from a 3-month long hostage holding by him, where I was tortured by violence and sexually assaulted. These men with permanent round bellies are some of Bomjon’s main spokespersons with the politicians and media, because they are also the one who have great experience in offering bribes, though in the previous years they had been fortified by lobbyists and “gray eminences” like Teju Tamang (now in living in the USA), Pragya Ratna Ghullu, Stephan Chollet, Kishore Sherchand (CA, USA), and of course by foreigners like Joan Stanley-Baker, Ivy Jugoa, Kim Nguyen and many more.