Police in Rajasthan arrested the self-proclaimed baba on charges of raping one of his disciples just days after the girl had filed an official complaint against him.
The self-styled godman, known as Falahari Baba, was arrested from Alwar hospital, where he had got himself admiited on complaints of high blood pressure. The cops had him re-examined and found that both the sugar level and blood pressure were normal.
“In the medical tests conducted on Falahari Baba, his ECG, Sugar and Blood Pressure have found to be normal,” Paras Jain, Additional Superintendent of Police, Alwar, was quoted by NDTV.
A 21-year-old woman had alleged in her complaint that the 70-year-old ‘godman’ sexually exploited her at his ashram in Rajasthan’s Alwar on 7 August.
Archana Jha, DSP, Bilaspur had said, “Her family is a disciple of Phalahari baba so they told her to give it to baba. When she went to meet him he told her to wait and then raped and threatened her. The parents came to us after the woman told them everything and we registered a case.”
This is not an isolated incident of self-proclaimed godmen targetting vulnerable women with intention to sexually assault them. Last month, Gurmeet Singh in Haryana was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two of his followers.
On Wednesday last week, the cops discovered 600 skeletons from a mass grave giving rise to suspicion that the rapist baba may have murdered his followers and had them buried in his sprawling ashram, known as Dera.
Just like Gurmeet Singh, the Rajasthan’s ‘godman’ too has a sprawling ashram. These godmen often enjoy the patronage of political parties, who donate them huge piece of land and provide other facilities.
The arrest of the self-styled baba evoked instant reactions on social media, where users were quick to highlight his proximity to BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The photos of the arrested ‘godman’ with Modi and other BJP leaders including Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath and Rajasthan chief minister, Vasundhara Raje Scindia have gone viral on social media media platforms.
The BJP had faced considerable embarrassment after Gurmeet was sentenced to jail for 20 years.
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