New Delhi: Indian yogi, mystic and author Jaggi Yasudev has been accused of holding captive two daughters in the Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore.
A petition filed to the District Collector by professor Kamaraj alleged that his two daughters had been brainwashed by the centre and were forced to stay captive in the institution.
The two women, who are aged 33 and 31, had been allegedly made to tonsure their heads and wear saffron robes. Kamaraj alleged that his daughters were not allowed by the yogi to talk with outsiders.
Kamaraj told the District Collector that he was not even allowed to see his daughters, who he said were well-educated with M Tech and B Tech degrees, according to the Firstpost.
There has been no reaction to the news from the yoga centre as of now.
UPDATE: The Isha Yoga Centre has issued an explanation on the matter and has allegedly claimed that the duo were residing in the centre out of their own volition. Below is the statement:
We recently learnt that the parents of our full-time volunteers Maa Mathi and Maa Maayu (pre monastic names – Geetha and Latha) have lodged a complaint against them staying at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. We would like to clarify that the duo, like other full-time volunteers, have been staying here on their own will and living happily without anybody forcing them.
We understand that their decision may have caused pain to their parents, which is not our intention at all. We have respectfully requested the parents to reconcile with the decisions they have made as well-educated adults and refrain from making baseless allegations against the Foundation and its founder.
Isha Foundation has been working tirelessly towards physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all through the inner science of Yoga.
The parents and family members are very much welcome to continue visiting us.