Radhe Maa goes underground, planning to flee abroad: Reports
Radhe 'Maa', against whom an FIR has been lodged in suburban Mumbai, is said to be missing, as per reports on Thursday.
Delhi: Radhe 'Maa', against whom an FIR has been lodged in Mumbai, is said to be missing, as per reports on Thursday.
Some reports also said that she may be planning to flee abroad.
A woman, who has suffered "mental and physical harassment", has accused Radhe Maa of instigating her in-laws to demand dowry.
An FIR was registered against self-styled godwoman and and in-laws of the woman who are Radhe Maa's followers.
A day after registering the FIR, police today said they are gathering evidence against the accused, as per PTI.
"A 32-year-old married woman yesterday lodged a complaint against her in-laws as well as Maa, claiming she is being harassed mentally and physically for dowry," said Mukund Pawar, senior Inspector, Kandivali Police Station.
Based on the complaint, police have named seven persons as accused, including the godwoman and the victim's husband, in the FIR.
The accused have been booked under relevant sections of IPC and Dowry Prohibition Act.
Among others, they have been charged with cheating, criminal breach of trust, cruelty and harassment for dowry, police said.
Meanwhile, Dwarkapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swarupanand Saraswati has demanded that Radhe 'Maa' be restrained from participating in ceremonial 'Shahi Snan' (royal bath) in Nashik Kumbh Mela.
The statement of Shankaracharya, camping at the pilgrimage town of Trimbakeshwar, came after complaints of harassment against Radhe 'maa'.
While first shahi snan, the ceremonial bath of sadhus and mahants, falls on August 29, the other two will be held on September 13 and 25.
Mahant Gyandas, who also claims himself to be the President of Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad, also endorsed the demand made by the Shankaracharya.
"The entry of pretenders is rising in the sacred arena of the sadhus and mahants. Radhe maa should be restrained from participating in 'shahi snan'," he claimed, as per PTI.
(With PTI inputs)