Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

'Falahari Baba' Sent To 15-Day Custody In Alleged Rape Case Investigation

'Falahari Baba' Sent To 15-Day Custody In Alleged Rape Case Investigation

Summary: ALWAR: The Alwar police on Saturday arrested 60-year-old self-styled godman Kaushlendra Falahari Baba for allegedly raping a 21-year-old girl.

Facing rape charges, the self-styled "Godman", dubbed for his fruits-only diet, got admitted to a private hospital in Alwar earlier this week saying he was suffering from high blood pressure.

He said that Falahari Baba would be taken to a government hospital for a medical check and later if he is found fit and healthy he would be presented before a magistrate.

Falahari Maharaj, also known as the Baba, commands a strong following both in India and overseas.

Last month, Gurmeet Singh in Haryana was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two of his followers.

According to the FIR, the alleged crime had taken place on August 7 in Alwar, when the victim had visited the baba's ashram to offer the first salary she had earned from her internship.

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

She broke her silence after the Ram Rahim verdict and based on her complaint the Bilaspur police registered a case on September 11. She visited the Baba Falahari's ashram on August 7 to donate some money following which he allegedly sexually exploited her. Baba Falahari apparently has a sprawling ashram and several domestic and global devotees revere him, police said.

Initially, the girl and her family, who were following the baba since last 15 years, were reluctant to approach the police, but after the conviction and sentencing of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, they made a decision to file a complaint against the Falahari baba.

Her family has been the Baba's follower for over 15 years and claimed to have given large donations to the godman. The baba has been arrested under Section 376 (rape) and section 506 (criminal intimidation).

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