Notwithstanding the enormous influence they wield in civil society, Godmen are not above controversy. The Indian Express looks at some recent cases
The CBI court on Saturday ordered that charges be framed against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. The Dera chief has been charged with sexually assaulting women followers of the Dera at the sect’s Sirsa-based headquarters. He has been booked under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC. The CBI is also investigating two more charges against him for his alleged involvement in the murder conspiracy against Dera manager Ranjit Singh and a Sirsa-based journalist, Ram Chander Chatterpatti. Last year, he had raked up a controversy after he dressed like Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs. Unsurprisingly then, in our country where religion is interwoven in every aspect of social life, godmen and controversies are never very far apart:
July 22, 2008
• The Supreme Court gives life imprisonment to self-proclaimed godman Swami Shraddananda, accused of burying his wife Shakereh alive in their Bangalore house to usurp her massive property.