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Ways of godmen

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NEWSPAPER HEADLINE
2 Sep 2013
Asaram Bapu arrested on charges of sexually assaulting minor girl in his Jodhpur ashram
The headline was enough for our house help to recount her one and only encounter with godmen:
“A wandering sadhu baba had stopped in our village for a few days. I was surprised to see that he was so young. He was giving diksha (passing on of sacred wisdom) and all the womenfolk of our village were keen to meet him. I was not but on being goaded on by my mother-in-law, I agreed to visit the baba in the makeshift tent that was his temporary ashram.
“When I reached the place, one of the young girls of our village was already inside. Curiosity got the better of me and I opened the tent flap a little to one side. What I saw inside shocked me.
“The baba was whispering something into the girl’s ear but all the while he held her in a tight embrace.
“I ran away from the place!”

Written by Raju Bist

September 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

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