July 14, 2005

Gurukul student accuses sadhus of sodomy

Express India

Rajkot, July 14: Controversy doesn’t seem to leave sadhus of Swaminarayan sect. A former student of Khambha Swaminarayan Gurukul has accused three sadhus of sodomy. And, though the incident came to light over the weekend, a police complaint was filed only on Thursday.

Nilesh Radadiya (14) a student of Bharti Ashram of Junagadh Swaminarayan Gurukul has alleged that three sadhus Radha Raman Swami, Mahapurush Swami and Vishnu Swami of Kambha gurukul where he earlier studied had sexually abused him several times between January and April this year. Nilesh alleged that he was often called to Radha Raman Swami’s room and sodomised by the three.

While the boy’s family says that they had received threats against filing the complaint, police say that earlier, Nilesh and his father Ramji Radadiya denied that he was ever sodomised. The three accused are absconding.

Junagadh District Superintendent of Police BD Vaghela said, “No case was filed earlier as the father and son stated that no such thing ever happened.” According to details available, Nilesh, bleeding from the genitals, was admitted to a private hospital by Bharti Ashram priest Vishwambhar Swami. Doctors there told Swami that Nilesh suffered internal injuries caused by sexual abuse. When Nilesh told Vishwambhar Swami that he had been sodomised by the three sadhus, the priest took him to Junagadh A Division police station on Monday to file a complaint. But there, Nilesh and his father denied all the charges. The accused were summoned too but were allowed to go following the Radadiyas’ statement, police said.

Posted by kshaw at July 14, 2005 06:02 PM