Thursday 23 January, 2020

Indian swami accused of child abuse may have fled to Trinidad

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A Indian swami accused of kidnapping and abusing children in India, may have fled to Trinidad and Tobago, according to media reports.

Indian news agency NDTV said in a report on November 22, 2019, that the swami, who was accused of wrongly confining children in his ashram in Ahmedabad, may have fled to Trinidad and Tobago, although India’s Ministry of External Affairs did not confirm this.

The Press Trust of India was told that the Ministry had no formal information on the matter from Gujarat police or the Home Ministry.

However superintendent of police Ahmedabad (rural) R.V. Asari told the Press Trust of India that the self-styled guru had fled the country.

According to unconfirmed reports, the swami might be in Trinidad and Tobago, however alternative reports have indicated that he may be in hiding in India or may have fled to Ecuador via Nepal – it’s unclear how he was able to escape as his passport expired in September 2018.

Asari said an FIR (first information report) was registered on Wednesday against the controversial guru on the charges of kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram in Ahmedabad.

Two disciples were arrested by Indian authorities after two children, ages nine and 10, said they had been tortured, held against their will and forced to work over a period of 10 days.

The swami is also an accused in an alleged rape case filed against him in Karnataka.

A Facebook event titled ‘Nithyananda Yogam’ was listed to take place in Trinidad and Tobago from November to January 2020.

The event is described as a spiritual program ‘by women only for women to experience ultimate transformation from the teachings of his divine holiness’.

Loop News has reached out to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for comment.

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