President of Ladakh Buddhist Association sacked over molestation charges

Srinagar, Jul 2: President of Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) was sacked by the association over charges of sexual assault on a teenage girl.
According to a report, Tsewang Thinles was booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act after a teenage girl lodged a complaint at Women Police Station alleging that she was sexually assaulted by him.
Acting over the complaint, a case under FIR Number 5/19 under section 354, 354-A RPC and 9(L)/10 POCSO Act was registered at Women Police Station Leh and investigation was started, an official was quoted as saying .
The Central Working Committee of Ladakh Buddhist Association held an emergency meeting and expressed shock over the alleged act involving Tsewang Thinles.
“The news of FIR lodged in Women Police station, Leh against Tsewang Thinless, President, Ladakh Buddhist Association, Leh in an alleged criminal molestation came as an extreme shock to the Buddhist Community of Ladakh,” read a statement issued by General Secretary LBA.
“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, it said, dissociates itself from the Tsewang Thinles henceforth and his membership from General Council is also declared vacant.