New Delhi, June 19: Self-styled godman Daati Maharaj on Tuesday reached Delhi police crime branch office to join investigation in the rape case against him, a news agency ANI reported. Daati was booked for allegedly raping his disciple in the national capital. He was on run for almost a week after a case was filed against him last week.
Reportedly, a Delhi Police team had visited Daati’s ashram in Pali, Rajasthan, on Saturday. Around 600 girls are also missing from his ashram in Rajasthan’s Alawas. As claimed by the self-styled godman earlier, there were at least 700 girls in the ashram- out of which only 100 have been found while the rest 600 are reportedly missing.
The incident came to light after a 25-year-old woman, a follower of the ‘baba’, levelled charges against the godman saying he and two of his other disciples had raped her. The woman who had been an ardent follower for almost a decade left the ashram once the incident took place. The woman also said that another female follower would force her into the Maharaj’s room and tell her it was a norm since other disciples too slept with him. She added that she was not only abused in Rajasthan but also in Delhi’s ashram. She only gathered the courage to file a report once she told her parents about the heinous crime which left her traumatized for quite a long period of time.
Following the complaint, a case has been registered against the self-styled godman and has been booked under sections of Indian Penal Code 376 (Punishment for rape), 377, 354 and 34. According to police sources, the case was registered in Fatehpur Beri on Sunday. It was later transferred to District Investigation Unit (DIU).
The self-styled godman has a huge following in Delhi-NCR and other parts of North India. He is also a popular face on Indian television and is also seen with several politicians. Earlier also the controversial godman has been accused of sexual assault.