Sehore/Bhopal: It seems the modern-day religious gurus and self-styled godmen have taken religious path to hide their heinous crimes. From murders, to sex to paedophile, extortion and rape, many religious gurus have been found involved in criminal activities. Since religion is something which people fear to question, and these self-styled godmen have strong following, the victims remain silent for fear of being intimidated directly or indirectly.
In yet another case of disguised godman turning into a criminal, a 65-year-old self-styled godman was arrested on charges of illegally confining a 24-year-old married woman at his ashram and raping her for over four months at a village. The case comes close on the heels of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.
Mahendra Giri alias Tunnu Baba was arrested on 3 September after police raided his ashram at Neelkhand village in the district and rescued the woman. The victim’s husband and mother-in-law also lived in the ashram and they allegedly assisted Giri in the crime, police said, adding that both of them were also arrested. The victim got married to Vishram Banjara on 3 May, 2013 and soon after, Giri began sexually assaulting her. A case has been registered against Giri under sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to rape, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation, police added. (with PTI inputs)