China demolishes residences of nuns it expelled in Tibet

Jada Nunnery in Driru, Tibet. (Photo courtesy: VOT)
Jada Nunnery in Driru, Tibet. (Photo courtesy: VOT)

(, Nov07, 2015) – In order apparently to ensure that nuns expelled by it in the recent past would not be replaced by new nuns or re-admitted, China has demolished an entire residential compound of the Jada Nunnery in Driru (Chinese: Biru) County of Nagchu (Naqu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, reported Nov 6. It said the demolition was carried out after the authorities gave what turned out to be a false promise that they would rebuild those residences, the report said, citing an exile Tibetan nun who originally belonged to that nunnery.

It was earlier reported by Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Oct 13 that China had expelled a total of 100 nuns, amounting to 50 percent of the residents, from the nunnery in a purge carried out over Sep 27-29.

The centre said Mr Sangye Yeshi, the head of the county government known for his repressive ways, had visited Jada Gaden Khachoeling Nunnery in Pekar (Baiga) Township over the period and carried out the purge. The expulsions left the nunnery with only 49 religiously active nuns as its authorized strength. The remaining 51 nuns, being not legally allowed to be registered, could only stay as workers rather than as students and practitioners.

The centre noted that last year, the authorities had expelled 26 nuns from the same nunnery.


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