Chandigarh: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s troubles are far from over. Last month, the self-styled godman was convicted and jailed for raping two female followers at the Dera. Now, a former Dera member has claimed that he knows of at least 10 other women who had been abused as children by Ram Rahim.
The charge-sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan also named at least six other women who were raped by the controversial Dera chief.
The new allegations have been made by Gurdas Singh Tood, who was once part of the Dera and who ended up testifying against Ram Rahim in court. Tood told India Today that he is in touch with 10 women, most of them now married, who were allegedly abused when they were students at a school run by the Dera.
One of the women, who moved abroad after getting married, revealed details of her ordeal to Tood over WhatsApp messages, which India Today has seen. The woman speaks of being sexually abused by Gurmeet Ram Rahim when she was a Class V student and recounts how nobody – not even her parents – believed her when she revealed how she had been assaulted by the Dera chief.
Instead, the woman told Tood, she was made to go back to the same Dera school by her parents who, she says, remain devoted followers of Ram Rahim until this day.
“I had come to see my parents and landed a couple of days before Ram Rahim was convicted for raping two female followers. I asked my parents to refrain from following Gurmeet Singh but they asked me to leave home,” one of the messages reads.
Tood, who has vowed to ‘expose’ Ram Rahim Singh, says that he is in regular touch with a total of 10 women who have similar stories of being abused and raped. The women, Tood says, have welcomed the CBI court’s verdict against Gurmeet Singh, but do not want to go public with their own ordeals as they are worried about the social backlash that could possibly damage their married lives.
While speaking to India Today, Tood also alleged that a Dera hospital used to terminate the pregnancies of girls who had been raped by Gurmeet Singh.
Tood claims to have witnessed three abortions while he was still a member of the Dera. Tood also says that he has knowledge of Ram Rahim abusing destitute girls sheltered in the Dera’s ‘Shahi Betiyan’ orphanage, which was illegally constructed.
Tood says he has decided to file a child sex abuse case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. “I am in constant touch with the child sex abuse victims. I have decided to expose the baba and will file a police complaint soon.”