Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 followers

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    Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 followers


    NEW DELHI: Indian police said they are investigating a popular self-styled godman for allegedly encouraging 400 followers to undergo castrations at his ashram so they could get closer to God.

    The country's top crime fighting agency has registered a case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, known as the “guru in bling” for his penchant for garish clothes and jewellery, over the operations in the country's north.

    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said in a statement late Wednesday that Rahim is being investigated for criminal intimidation and causing grievous bodily hurt, saying 400 castrations were allegedly carried out.

    The guru, who heads the Dera Sacha Sauda organisation based in Haryana state, is already facing trial for conspiracy over the murder of a journalist in 2002 along with claims of sexually exploiting female followers.

    The latest case was filed after one of his devotees, Hans Raj Chauhan, lodged a complaint in court alleging he was manipulated into having the “painful” operation at the ashram.

    “They were told that only those who get castrated will be able to meet god,” Chauhan's lawyer, Navkiran Singh, told AFP on Thursday. “We will put all the facts of the case to the court and seek compensation for the victims."

    He said doctors carried out the castrations over a period from 2000, but for years his client had been too scared to come forward.

    The court asked the CBI to undergo an investigation into the alleged castrations.

    Forty-seven-year-old Rahim could not immediately be contacted for comment.

    The Dera Sacha Sauda says it is a social welfare and spiritual organisation with millions of followers in India and abroad.

    On its website, the group describes Rahim as a saint as well as an author, inventor, scientist, philosopher, philanthropist, peace activist and “the ultimate humanitarian”.

    Rahim also stars in an action movie to be released later this month called “MSG: Messenger of God” in which the guru fights criminals, sings songs and is shown dousing himself in water in slow motion after a rugby game.

    In a bizarre case, devotees of a dead guru are fighting a court battle in Punjab state to preserve his body in a freezer, insisting he is only meditating.

    For many Indians, gurus play an integral role in daily life. They say they offer a pathway to enlightenment in return for spiritual devotion and often give donations to ashrams, temples and charity projects.

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    Re: Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 follower

    “They were told that only those who get castrated will be able to meet god,”

    Which god? India has so many...
     
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    Re: Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 follower

    Was it a specific God, or was it the globally prevalent misguided notion that sexual desire interferes man's relationship with faith based icons?
     
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    Interesting question to which I have no answer as I don't believe in celibacy.
     
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    But, you know many thing about rape problem in India, thus comparing with above answer,............................................
     
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    Re: Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 follower

    I wonder why this Gurmeet Ram Rahim baba has not added Buddha, Jesus, Yehova, Zeus and other religious names to his name :lol:

    His movie in which he has done every thing from acting to direction



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    Re: Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 follower

    Thank GOD it was castration and not something which could threaten the safety of the general public, had this been a Mullah, he might have told his followers to cut 100 Kafir heads to become acceptable by the God. Followers of 1000 gods are still much saner.

    I think you have answered your own question. It has got to do with the misguided notion that god likes those who practice celibacy. I think the real reason is that the self-proclaimed godman wants to wield some sort of control over his followers (castrated people have lower male hormone level and lower self-confidence in general).
     
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    Re: Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 follower

    Modi lives in celibacy...does he not?
     
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    Never had access to his bedroom.
     
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    Re: Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 follower

    Neither did his wife for last couple of decades.
     
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    Re: Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 follower

    So?

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    Not sure what point you're trying to make.
     
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    Celibacy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Re: Indian police probe godman over alleged castration of 400 follower

    Well, I read the second part of post #7 and Modi came to my mind.
     
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    Why is it so, why did it come to your mind? Why Modi but not Sheikh Rashid ? He is your compatriot, is he not?
     
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