‘Godman’ Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Minor Boys from Northeast in UP Ashram
GUWAHATI: An Ashram owner and his disciple in Uttar Pradesh’s Shukratal were arrested for sexually harassing children from the northeast of India, especially from Tripura and Mizoram.
The ‘Godman,’ Swami Bhakti Bhushan Govind Maharaj, allegedly made children drink alcohol calling it coronavirus medicine and then sodomized them.
An inspector of the Bhopa police station in Muzaffarnagar said that Bhakti Bhushan and his disciples used to keep 10 boys at the ashram in the garb of teaching and educational purposes, all of whom were rescued.
Of the 10 boys, four who were sexually abused were minors aged between 9 and 12 years.
The Ashram was set up 12 years ago and the Maharaj hails from Sisauli village situated 65 kms from Meerut in UP.
The children were engaged in the construction of the grand two-storey building of the Ashram.
Children in the Ashram were made to slave for the owner and submit to him, refusal of which would lead to thrashing and dire consequences.
The harrowing experiences of the children came to light after an inmate was kicked out of the Ashram for trying to probe into the complaints made by children.
The inmate had found the complaints so disturbing that he called the Muzaffarnagar Chapter of Childline to inform them about the same.
The owner of the Ashram and his associate, Mohan Das, has been arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Indian Penal Code (IPC) for unnatural offenses and voluntarily causing hurt.
- Sexual Assault
- Minor Boys
- Northeast India
- UP Ashram