Nityananda ashram rejects charge of rape

Last Updated: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 21:09

Bangalore: Rejecting rape charge and doubts
raised over death of a foreign devotee of self-styled godman
Paramahamsa Nityananda, his ashram here today said he would
make a public appearance soon and answer all allegations.

The charges were part of a "conspiracy to malign the
image of the swami and impede ashram`s social activities," the
ashram spokesperson Nitya Sachidananda told reporters at the
Nityananda Ashram near Bidadi, about 40 km from here.

A 23-year-old woman, an inmate of the Bidadi ashram, had
alleged that Nithyananda had raped and sexually harassed
dozens of women in the ashram.

Chennai police have registered a rape and cheating case
against Nityananda, days after video footage of his alleged
sleazy acts were telecast by TV channels.

Sachidananda also denied a charge that mystery shrouded
the death of foreign national Melvyan Boyd Diamond, a Yoga
teacher in the ashram.

"Diamond had family history of cardiac problems and he
died following an accidental fall from the second floor of the
building he lived in," he said, adding that the ashram had
arranged for his cremation.

The operation to malign Nityananda had been done in "a
surgical precision" and "Swamiji himself will come and comment
on all the issues. As his "personal security" was at risk "we
have advised him to come after some days," the spokesperson
said.

The ashram, which faced violent protests after telecast
of the video, has so far not lodged any police complaint.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 21:09

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