Buddhist monk’s adoption of 21 babies illegal: official

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/3/27 0:18:39

Authorities in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu Province have said that a Buddhist monk's adoption of 21 abandoned children is illegal and the temple they live in has violated construction regulations, news site thepaper.cn reported on Sunday.

Since 2012, the monk, who goes by Daolu, 42, has persuaded many single pregnant women not to abort their babies, promising he would raise the children. Although many parents have taken their child back, Daolu still cares for 21.

He said the women were mostly unwed mothers and had come to tell him of their sad experiences. He then used social networks like QQ and WeChat to convince the women to keep their babies. 

"Some monks asked me  why I do this. Honestly, apart from saving their lives, I also want them to become monks like me and be my successors. But I will not force them, when they grow up they can make their own decisions," he said.

Daolu converted his own villa into a shelter for the women, and along with volunteers takes care of them, and also pays hospital bills. He said that he used savings accrued when he was  engaged in foreign trade before becoming a monk.

Daolu said that the shelter has received more support from believers who started a charity organization, and some even took the children to their own homes to take care of them.

Meanwhile, controversy erupted after rumors circulated that the adoptions were illegal and that the children were products of affairs with different women.  

Daolu said he is less concerned about the controversy, and more about being able to get  hukou - household registration - for 14 of the 21 children, which means they won't be able to attend school or see a doctor. 

Abandoned children can be adopted by religious organizations, but Daolu is not a registered Buddhist, his temple does not conform to regulations and the way he has "adopted" the children is irregular, local police said. The police said that it is better for the children's mothers to raise them or they should be transferred to a local orphanage. So far, the police  have not said whether the children will be removed from the monk's care.

Global Times

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