In monasteries the situation is worsening.Tibetan monks who have taken their vow since they were very young, and have matured to 18 years of age are sent back home where they are forced to live as regular people.This situation leads to them being unemployed with no sustainable skills to support themselves or their families.As they are no longer allowed to live in the monastery, life becomes very hard for them.
Apart from this, those who are already 18 years of age, and wish to become monks must take permission from the chinese government which is very difficult to obtain.Even though, monasteries allow the undertaking of the ascetic vow at any age, the chinese bureaucratic procedures make it challenging for Tibetans to claim such a basic right and choice of life.
A Monk from Kirti Monastery, Nagba county came forward to say that since a few years there has been a gradual and concentrated increase in the number of army establishments around the monastery and nearby towns. The area is under constant surveillance, night and day. Monks who live in the monastery, have had their mobile phones confiscated by the chinese governmenthttp://www.dossiertibet.it/news/tibet-m ... ed-disrobe
I'm not a fan of children becoming monks until they are of an age when they can make an informed choice, but that's another matter, and in some cultures it is a good life for a child compared with the alternatives.
Whilst I appreciate that it is difficult to provide it, accreditation of these stories by an independent body would add weight to them.
Propaganda is easy to create and it is easy to play on people's emotions without offering a single piece of hard evidence. Does any exist to support this story?