Court quashes bail plea of swamy whose penis was cut for rape attempt, victim to undergo lie-detector test

A POCSO (Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences) court in Trivandrum, Kerala on Tuesday quashed the bail plea of self-styled godman Ganeshananda. It also ordered that the women who cut off his genitals will have to undergo lie detector test.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2017 3:29 pm
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A POCSO (Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences) court in Trivandrum, Kerala on Tuesday quashed the bail plea of self-styled godman Ganeshananda. Petta Police had registered a case against Ganeshananda under Sections of POCSO Act and Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code. It also ordered that the women who allegedly cut off his genitals will have to undergo lie detector test.

On May 20 this year, a 23-year-old woman had informed the police that she had castrated a 54-year-old Swami who had allegedly attempted to rape her. The woman described the act as vengeance and self-defence. The godman has an ashram in Panmana in Kollam, Kerala. Her parents were followers of Ganeshananda. The accused named Hari alias Ganeshananda Theerthapada Swami was reported to have been abusing the woman for several years. It was alleged that the girl was a minor when the abuse began. The swami had been frequenting her home in Pettah for many years to perform rituals and was familiar with the family.

In a bizarre turn, however, she retracted her earlier claim that she had attacked Ganeshananda. She purportedly made a statement that was produced in court by the counsel of the accused Swami Gangesanantha Teerthapadar. The statement was submitted to request bail for Ganeshananda.

Her statement read: “Swamiji loved and cared for me like a kid and I too loved him back. He had motivated me to join the LLB course and helped me throughout the course. The allegation that the swami had sexually harassed me is false. He hadn’t raped me when I was a minor nor even after I turned an adult.” She said that it was her friend Ayyappadas and his friends who attacked Ganeshananda adding that they thought the swami was looting money from her parents.

After the castration, the godman was taken to Trivandrum medical college and a plastic surgery was done on him to save him. Two days later, he was shifted to a special cell and the judge remanded him to judicial custody till June 3.

Under the circumstances of the case, the woman got the protection of both the POCSO Act and the IPC Section 376.

Questions were raised on retaliation after so many years of the alleged abuse. According to law, Battered Women’s Syndrome can be submitted as a defence for an act of delayed private defence, in some cases even as a prime defence argument.

Also, Sections 96 to 106 of the IPC deal with the right to private defence of a person and property. Its provisions allow in certain cases protection of one’s body and property in such a manner when the immediate help of government institutions or officials is not available.

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    blackpower
    Jun 21, 2017 at 1:08 am
    Ganeshananda, asaram bapu, aseemanand, s, yogi A - all of these are shining examples that hindootva culture is alive and kicking and throbbing between the legs of these faux spiritual saffronites. they claim to be celibates but behind close doors it is censored. in the name of ritual, they commit rape.
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      Tushar
      Jun 20, 2017 at 9:06 pm
      Abdul Jamal.,John Joseph and Antony ..all are same person in different Nick .... Can't. Blame.him ... He place this God man as his dad ..so he is hurt by this news ..he coudnt bare it ..So can't blame he is getting his frustration relieved through typing such a nonsense fake news to convince others that his Dad like God man is nothing before other child abusers . NY ways as an Indian i wish Regardless to any religion these kinda God men should be condemned and prosecuted ..Be it a Moulavi or a Father in church ... And majority of Common readers here wish the same way regardless to any religion .. Then o wonder y this hue ..and hurting some one else's faith
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        Antony
        Jun 20, 2017 at 9:53 pm
        Tushar didn't muslims like you divide India twice? You want me to put the speeches by your forefathers Muslim terrorist leaders like Jinnah who said Muslims cannot live with Hindu majority and want a separate land. So ine you got urn what the f...k youbdoing here illegally. Your time has come. One by one you will be identified and sent to Ppaakistan and Bbaangladesh. You sunni Muslims are the reason half the world is burning.
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        bitterhoney
        Jun 20, 2017 at 9:02 pm
        All brahamcharis, yogis, munis, wife deserters do not need p e n i s , it should be cut, thousands of women will be saved from being raped.
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          Antony
          Jun 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm
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                John Joseph
                Jun 20, 2017 at 8:50 pm
                This is the first time in my life that I really have had serious problems reading a book. The book is superbly researched by David Yallop,the author of "In God's Name" - and the global Child Abuse Scandal within the Christian Catholic Church he writes about will make you throw up. Being a life long practicing Catholic myself, I finished the book with an urgent desire to leave the Catholic Church instantly. The facts that Mr. Yallop uncovers will leave you rather "shaken and stirred" I am afraid. In the US alone more than fifty million accusations of abuse by the Catholic Church has been documented, as well as showing that cardinals, bishops and priests have been involved in the protection of pedophiles. David Yallop has given a voice to the victims. Regarding the late Pope John Paul II - Karol Wojtyla - the author writes,"The Pope's silence was deliberate. He brought with him from Poland to the Vatican practices that he had embraced throughout his life as a priest.
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                  Abdul Jamal
                  Jun 20, 2017 at 8:35 pm
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