‘Falahari Baba’ arrested for rape

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Jaipur—After three days of investigation, Rajasthan Police on Saturday arrested self-styled godman Kaushalendra Prapannacharya ‘Falahari’ Maharaj in Alwar for the alleged rape of a 21-year-old woman.

“We have arrested the Baba under Section 376 (rape) and section 506 (criminal intimidation),” Rahul Prakash, Superintendent of Police Alwar, told IANS on phone.

The young woman from Chhattisgarh alleged she had been raped by the 70-year-old godman at his ashram in Alwar in Rajasthan on August 7.

Her family has been the Baba’s follower for over 15 years and claimed to have given large donations to the godman.

Facing sexual assault accusations, the Baba got himself admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital in Alwar on Wednesday under police security.

On Friday, doctors at the hospital found him fit and he was shifted to a private ward

The Baba has followers both in India and abroad.

“We have already recorded the statement of the young woman and have taken her to the ashram to identify the room where the crime occurred, and the Baba’s disciple who dropped her at the Alwar railway station thereafter on September 21,” a police official said.

Police has sealed the godman’s room, in front of which he would sit on a throne and deliver his sermon to followers.

Falahari Maharaj was dubbed as ‘Falahari’ Baba after he claimed to have survived by consuming only fruits for the last 25 years.

The incident comes nearly a month after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in two rape cases and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

 

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