Another self-proclaimed baba is facing a serious charges of exploiting a woman. The self-styled godman in question is Kaushlendra Prapanacharya Phalahari Maharaj in Rajasthan and the woman he is alleged to have sexually exploited is from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, police said.
The 21-year-old woman alleged in her complaint the 70-year-old ‘godman’ sexually exploited her at his ashram in Rajasthan’s Alwar on 7 August.
“Bilaspur police have sent the complaint here. We have registered a case of sexual exploitation and initiated investigation,” SHO Aravali police station, Hemraj Meena, was quoted by NDTV.
The so-called baba is currently undergoing a treatment in Alwar, where the cops intend to question him after receiving permission from the doctors.
According to police, the accused baba frequently visited the woman at her house and on 7 August, she had visited the ashram to donate some money when she was allegedly sexually exploited.
Archana Jha, DSP, Bilaspur 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, 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.