Ayodhya: Accused of raping a Dalit girl on the pretext of expelling the ‘ghost of love’, Mahant arrested

Ayodhya: A sensational case of rape of a Dalit girl has come to the fore in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The girl’s family alleges that Mahant Hanuman Das of Siyavallabh Kunj has raped the girl. The police have arrested the accused Mahant and registered a case against him under SC-ST and other sections. The matter is of Naya Ghat Chowki of Ayodhya Kotwali. This incident happened on 6th July last. The victim girl has also accused another Mahant of rape. The inspection of the matter is going on.

According to media reports, the parents of the victim girl told that their daughter was in love with a boy from Delhi, which we were opposing. He told that the girl should marry the boy of our choice, for this we had gone to Hanumandas’s place to do the exorcism. When we reached the Mahant, he made some inquiries from the girl and stopped her in the room, saying that she should take down the ‘ghost of love’. They sent us (parents) to Ram’s Paidi.

The girl alleges that Mahant raped her in the room. He has also accused another Mahant. Ayodhya CO Rajesh Tiwari said that after registering a case, Mahant Humandas has been arrested. The police is investigating the matter

Who is Hanumandas?
Mahant Hanumandas of Siyavallabh Kunj of Ayodhya is the father of three daughters. For the last 20 years, the work of exorcism is done in the temple. There is a dispute going on in the court regarding the ownership of Siyavallabh Kunj. It is alleged that Hanumandas declared himself as the Mahant of the temple on the strength of a personal will, while Ayodhya Das, the Mahant of Siyavallabh Kunj, had submitted a will to Acharya Satyendra Das, in which it was written that it is the property of God. Satyendradas is the priest of Ramlala temple and claims that he is the Mahant of this temple.

Report: VN Das


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