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Rape arrest: another Indian ‘godman’ falls foul of the law

Rape arrest: another Indian ‘godman’ falls foul of the law

Falahari Maharaj , 70, a popular ‘spiritual’ guru, has been arrested in India for the alleged rape of a 21-year-old woman.

According to the BBC, Maharaj is accused of raping the law student at his ashram in Alwar, a village in Rajasthan state.

The self-styled “godman” faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

Last month controversial Indian guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, above, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two female followers.

The alleged victim, who is studying law in Jaipur, filed a complaint on September 11. She claimed the attack had taken place on 7 August.

She reportedly visited Maharaj’s ashram in Alwar to donate money at her parents’ request.

She was, she says, raped after she agreed to stay overnight at the property.

Maharaj, she said warned her against reporting the attack.

However, she added, she gained the courage to approach the police after the conviction of Ram Rahim Singh, who was found guilty of raping two followers between 1999 and 2002 in northern Haryana state.

The sentencing of Ram Rahim Singh led to violent protests in north India and resulted in the deaths of 38 people and more than 2,000 arrests.

Maharaj has a strong following both in India and abroad, including the alleged victim’s family, who reportedly donated money to his ashram on several occasions in recent years.

The Deccan Herald reported that the guru was in hospital when he was arrested. Video shows him being removed from the hospital on a stretcher.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

5 responses to “Rape arrest: another Indian ‘godman’ falls foul of the law”

  1. barriejohn says:

    Many Christians refer to Jesus as “The God-man”. It’s a stupid term and a nonsensical idea.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    Okay, I’m going to try and link the last two threads here.

    First by saying (controversially, I guess) that if you haven’t tried reiki, maybe you should. (As the saying goes, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.)

    Forget all the ludicrous spiritual bollocks that goes with it, because having lived with an acute and incredibly painful back injury for over 25 years, who cares? I can tell you right now and from personal experience that it really, really can help with pain management. Yes, I have no doubt that it’s all psychosomatic, but if it stops the agonising toothache in my back, even for one minute, then sign me up any day!

    Now, to hopefully bring this comment back on thread. The woman who introduced me to reiki was very ‘spiritual’ indeed. Very. She went off to spend a month or so with some guru and his entourage, and came back a slavering and tearful wreck. From what she told me she had clearly been seduced by the guy and was on the verge of leaving her husband to go and be one of his ‘hand maidens’. All of whom had, I’m sure, also ‘given’ themselves to the master.

    The point being that these ‘shaman’, these conmen like Falahari Maharaj and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, are able to use their imposing personalities, enveloped in a cloak of mysticism, to persuade people (mainly of the opposite sex, it would seem) to do just about anything. Which is probably no less than we might expect from religious leaders of any denomination.

    Anyway,another Naproxen tablet please, nurse! And then some more reiki.

  3. barriejohn says:

    AC: “As the saying goes, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”

    I’ve never tried homoeopathy, but I know it’s a load of bunkum – and that millions swear by it! I was a Christian for years, and at times almost deliriously happy, but that doesn’t alter my opinion of that fiction, either. I agree with you, however, that something is going on on a psychological level (conditioning, suggestion, etc.), and that that can be very powerful indeed.

  4. barriejohn says:

    Going slightly OT myself: I visited a Car Boot Sale today, and was amused to see an enormous guy seated at a tiny table, surrounded by large notices advertising his Tarot readings. I am pleased to report that he looked totally pissed off, as during my entire time there no one took the least bit of interest in him. Indeed, I was tempted to let him know that I could tell HIS fortune, and to tell him that unless he got his weight under control he would either destroy the flimsy seat that was just about supporting his bulk, or die of a heart attack. (On the other hand, maybe he had seen that in the cards himself, and it was that that was responsible for his miserable demeanour!)

  5. remigius says:

    barriejohn. I thought tarot cards were read by mediums, not extra-larges!

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