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India arrests popular spiritual leader over student raping allegations

The spiritual leader is blamed of raping a 21 year old woman law student at his ashram in Alwar, a village in Rajasthan state.

India arrests popular spiritual leader over student raping allegations

The spiritual leader is blamed of raping a 21 year old woman law student at his ashram in Alwar, a village in Rajasthan state.

23 September 2017 Saturday 19:46
India arrests popular spiritual leader over student raping allegations

By Azania Post Reporter

FALAHARI Maharaji, a popular spiritual guru has been detained in India  for alleged rape of a female university student, media has reported.

The spiritual leader is blamed of raping a 21 year old woman law student at his ashram in Alwar, a village in Rajasthan state.

The self-styled "godman" faces 10 years in prison if convicted  by the judiciary organs.

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

 Maharaj was arrested on Saturday and taken to a hospital in Alwar to undergo a medical examination, police say.

The woman, who is studying law in Jaipur, filed a complaint on 11 September alleging the attack had taken place on 7 August.

Her report states that she 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, the Hindu newspaper reports.

Mr Maharaj, she says, warned her against reporting the attack.

However, she adds, 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.

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