Self-proclaimed Godman arrested for raping a devotee in Bhopal

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Last update: August 09, 2022, 5:57 PM IST

The so-called godman Swami Vairagyanand Giri has been arrested for allegedly raping a devotee. (File Image; Shutterstock)

The woman alleged the godman raped her when she passed out after consuming an offering he had given, she said.

Self-proclaimed man-god Swami Vairagyanand Giri has been arrested for allegedly raping a devotee in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Tuesday. Swami Vairagyanand Giri has been arrested in Gwalior in connection with a case registered against him under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code, and is being brought to Bhopal, Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Richa has said. Choubey. According to a complaint filed by the devout woman on Monday, the accused godfather raped her in Bhopal on July 17, she said.

The complainant said she was childless for a long time after her marriage and came into contact with Giri, who promised to conceive through certain rituals, the official said. The woman alleged the godman raped her when she passed out after consuming an offering he had given, she said.

The victim claimed she could not press charges immediately for fear of social stigma, the official said. Notably, Giri had supported Congress in the last National Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

The man-god had organized a yagna for Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls and announced that he would take “samadhi” (entombment) following a failed prediction of his victory.

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