"Buddha Boy" Disappears

March 11, 2006

Source: BBC News


On March 11, 2006 BBC News reported, "A 16-year-old boy who had been meditating and fasting in a Nepal forest for 10 months has been missing since Saturday morning, police say. Locals and police searched the area in the southern district of Bara but have not been able to locate him so far. Police have rejected reports that the young boy, popularly known as 'Little Buddha', may have been abducted. His followers say Ram Bomjan may have moved deep inside the forest looking for a quieter place to meditate. Hundreds of people used to visit the area every day where the young boy was meditating... His followers claimed that Bomjan did not take food or even water throughout his t10 month-long meditation. They refused, however, to allow any independent investigation about the health conditions of Bomjan saying that 'it would disturb him.' The authorities also did not intervene to avoid hurting local feeling. While critics accused Bomjan's followers of fooling people, the young boy continued to hog media headlines. Tired from the decade-old armed conflict that has already claimed more than 13,000 lives, followers of Bomjan claimed that he was an incarnation of Lord Buddha who was born in Nepal more than 2,500 years ago. They are still hoping that Bomjan will reappear somewhere deep in the forest and continue his meditation."