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India Dera Chief Made Respondent

Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Dera chief made respondent
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27

Acting on a petition for a CBI probe into the alleged castration of 400 “sadhus” at Dera Sacha Sauda headed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made him a respondent.

The court also issued a notice for October 10 on an application for the medical examination of petitioner Hans Raj Chauhan and seven other sadhus.

In his petition filed through counsel Navkiran Singh, petitioner Chauhan of Fatehabad district alleged that the victims were castrated on the false hope that “ males who would get themselves castrated would be able to achieve God through Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh”.

He also sought compensation for himself and “such-like sadhus who have been rendered impotent and are unable to procreate”.

Directions have also been sought for providing adequate security to the petitioner and his parents.

Navkiran Singh said the petitioner had faced hormonal imbalance because of castration. He had lost body hair and developed breasts. “The petitioner has become incapable of having children and he has to face humiliation at the hands of the general public, that treats him as eunuch”.

He said 100 of the 400 castrated sadhus were being used to protect Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s family.


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