Report: Buddhist nuns suffer systematic rape in Tibetan reeducation camps

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 26th, 2021 12:15 pm

Buddhist nuns at a ceremony at Kathmandu

Last Updated Feb 27th, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Buddhist nuns are suffering from systemic rape in reeducation camps in Tibet, according to a report from Tibetan correspondents with Bitter Winter.

A recent article by the BBC detailing the abuses suffered in Chinese reeducation camps prompted the Taiwan Times to publish a series of testimonies from women held in Tibetan jails and reeducation camps.

"We were handcuffed and stripped. Two women beat us with bamboo sticks and prodded us with electric batons… Then they beat me with a stick. They hit so hard and so many times that the sticks frequently broke," said Rinzen Kunsang, a Tibetan woman who was arrested for participating in a demonstration.

The outlet reported that Buddhist nuns were raped, first with cattle prods and then by guards.

Other women were hung from trees in straitjackets, hit with electric batons, starved, and beaten. One woman told the Tibetan Times that she only survived starvation because she was selected to feed the pigs and was able to pay for stealing some of the pig food to eat with sexual favors. Of the 100 women in her group, only the four that had been selected to feed the pigs survived.

Ngawang Jhampa, a nun, said that she "was beaten with chairs, sticks, and electric cattle prods. The latter were placed in my mouth and twisted around. When placed inside the mouth, they draw blood and rapidly deteriorate the body."

Gyaltsen Chodon, also a nun, said that guards would routinely walk on their hands with "huge, iron-tipped boots."

"They put buckets of urine and feces on our heads and guards hit the buckets with sticks, roaring with laughter as the excrement streamed down our face and bodies," she said.

Nima Tsamchoe, who was arrested after participating in a protest, said that guards would release dogs on them while they were naked, among other tortures.

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