The Criminal Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recorded rape convict, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s statements over the forced castration of around 400 Dera Sacha Sauda followers. Former Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Ram Rahim is currently serving his 20-year jail term awarded by the Special Panchkula CBI Court over two rape cases. After getting the permission from the Special Court, the CBI officials went to Rohtak Prison and recorded Ram Rahim’s statement in connection with a case of alleged forced castration of his 400 followers.

In January 2015, the CBI had registered the case following the orders by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana. The FIR was registered against Ram Rahim Singh including his various associates. The charges levelled in the FIR included criminal conspiracy for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means, for alleged castration of 400 devotees at the Sirsa-based Dera and many more. The matter of forced castration was highlighted after a writ petition, by a Dera follower, was accepted by the High Court. The petition filed, the follower had seeked CBI enquiry and had also demanded compensation for his forces castration in 2000 at Dera head quarters.

In the petition filed, the petitioner Hansraj Chauhan had alleged that around 400 male devotees belonging to many states including Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan were forcefully castrated at the Dera headquarters. The castration had taken place after the Dera head had claimed that ‘castration would lead to realisation of God through him’.

Ram Rahim’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insaan was also recently questioned by the officials over her alleged role in inciting the Panchkula riots that claimed 38 lives. According to reports, Honeypreet had bribed the Dera head, ahead of the conviction of Ram Rahim Singh to create disturbances and halt the conviction. The revelations were made by Rakesh Kumar, personal assistant-cum-driver of Gurmeet, during interrogation.

First Published | 12 October 2017 8:20 AM
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