All hell broke loose when Gurmeet Ram Rahim was finally convicted by the CBI judge. But how did his crimes come to the fore? Here are excerpts from the letter to the PM written by a sadhvi who served at Ram Rahim’s ashram for 5 years and dared to crumble his crimes forever.
1. HUNDREDS OF GIRLS WERE PHYSICALLY EXPLOITED
“I am a girl hailing from Punjab and I have been serving as a sadhvi at Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa (Haryana) for the last five years. There are hundreds of other girls, who serve for 16-18 hours a day at the Dera. We are being physically exploited here. Dera Maharaj Gurmeet Singh rapes girls at the Dera. I am a graduate girl. My family members are blind followers of Maharaj (Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh). I became a sadhvi at my family’s bidding.”
2. BABA WATCHED PORN
“One night around 10 pm I was called to his ‘Gufa’ (residence of Gurmeet Ram Rahim). I saw Maharaj sitting on the bed holding a remote control in hand and watching a blue film on TV. Beside his pillow on the bed, lay a revolver.”
3. HE TOLD GIRLS THAT HE WANTS TO MAKE LOVE TO THEM
Maharaj took me in his arms, saying that he loved me and wanted to make love to me. He claimed that at the time of becoming his disciple, I had dedicated my wealth, body & soul to him (tan-man-dhan). When I objected, he thundered, “I am God.” And that Sri Krishna too was God and he had 360 gopis with whom he staged Prem Lila (love drama). Even then people regarded him as God. This is not a new thing.
4. ELSE HE WOULD KILL THEM…
“When I objected, he said I can kill you with this revolver & cremate you here. Your family members are my devoted followers and they have such blind faith in me that they cannot go against me.”
5. HE COULD BUY POLITICIANS, POLICE AND JUSTICE
He further threatened, “I have considerable influence in the governments. The chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana, and central Ministers touch my feet. Politicians seek my support and take money from me. They cannot take any action against me. We will get your family members dismissed from government jobs. I will get them killed and wouldn’t leave any evidence behind. You know it very well that I had got Dera manager Fakir Chand killed earlier. No one knows anything about him till date. Neither there is any evidence of the murder. By money power, I can buy politicians, police and justice.”
6. WE ARE LIVING A LIFE OF HELL
“Thus, he raped me. Baba rapes all girls staying with him one by one. My turn comes every 25-30 days. Most of the girls have BA, MA, BEd degrees. But they are living a life of hell at the Dera because their family members are fanatic Baba followers.
7. WE ARE PROSTITUTES
“We appear like devis (pious women), but our situation is that of prostitutes. I tried once to tell my family members about what happens at Dera. But, they got angry.”
8. RAHIM’S GOONDAS WILL KILL THEM
“Same is the fate of girls from Sirsa, Hissar, Fatehabad, Hanumangarh and Meerut who are not uttering a word due to their families’ blind faith and the muscle power of the Dera goondas, who will kill them brutally. If I reveal my name, my family and I will be killed. I can’t keep quiet and I also don’t want to die, but I want to expose the reality (of Dera). If a probe is conducted by the press or some government agency, 40 to 45 girls – living in utmost fear at the Dera -, if they are convinced, are willing to tell the truth.”
9. RAM RAHIM RUINED THEIR LIVES
“Our medical examination should be conducted so that our guardians and the people would know whether we are still celibate disciples or not. If we are no longer virgins, it should be probed as to who violated our chastity. The truth will then come out that Maharaj Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of Sacha Sauda has ruined our lives.”