Chattisgarh law student accuses Rajasthan-based ‘godman’ of rape

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A 21-year-old law student from Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district was raped allegedly y a ‘godman’ based in Rajasthan, police said on Thursday.Based on the woman’s complaint, a case was lodged against 70-year-old Swami Kaushlendra Prapannachari Falahari Maharaj with the women police station here on September 11, said Bilaspur Additional Superintendent of Police Archana Jha.

The incident had allegedly taken place at Madhusudan ashram of the godman in Alwar, Rajasthan, on August 7, 2017, she said.As per the complaint, the parents of the woman, who is studying law in Jaipur, are followers of Falahari Maharaj for the past several years, the police officer said.On the baba’s recommendation, she did an internship under a senior lawyer in New Delhi for which she received a stipend of ₹3,000. Her parents asked her to donate the stipend amount to the baba’s ashram in Alwar, the ASP said.

Following her parents’ advice, she went to the ashram on Raksha Bandhan in August. Citing occurrence of ‘grahan’ (eclipse) that day, the self-proclaimed religious guru advised her to stay in the ashram which she agreed to, Ms. Jha said.During the night, the baba called the woman in his room and allegedly sexually assaulted her, the ASP said, quoting from the complaint.

The baba asked her not to tell anyone about the incident and threatened to harm her if she did so, she said. When the survivor came home here in September, she narrated the ordeal to her parents following which a rape complaint was lodged with the women cell, Jha added.


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