Day after Honeypreet's arrest, UN invites her and Gurmeet Ram Rahim to support World Toilet Day

A day after the arrest of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's 'adopted' daughter Honeypreet Insan, the United Nations' entity for water and sanitation has invited the two to lend their support on World Toilet Day.

The tweets were later deleted. It is unknown whether the invitation, which came from a verified UN Twitter account, is valid or was mistakenly sent by the organisation. There is also a possibility of the tweets being auto-generated, since both the guests are currently convicted.

The invitation threw Twitterati into a tizzy. While Congress' Priyanka Chaturvedi‏ wondered if it was the Haryana government behind the handling of UN entity's account, several Twitter users tweeted hoping that the invite were a joke.

After giving interviews to multiple media houses and expressing her desire to surrender and on Tuesday, Honeypreet was taken into custody by Haryana Police.

On 28 August, the Dera chief was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the rape and sexual exploitation of two female disciples.

Honeypreet, who is to be produced before Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday, had been evading arrest ever since Ram Rahim was convicted on 25 August. She has been Ram Rahim's closest aide since 2009.

Honeypreet Insan and the UN tweet mentioning invite.

Honeypreet Insan and the UN tweet mentioning invite.

In a bid to track her, the police had conducted raids in Nepal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Delhi, and Haryana. She had also topped the list of most wanted persons in relation to the wide-spread violence in Panchkula after Ram Rahim's conviction. Several vehicles and public property were damaged or torched by the mob.

Before Tuesday's arrest, Honeypreet had dismissed claims that she had any role in instigating the riots. She had also rejected that she denied having illicit relations with Ram Rahim, in contradiction to what was alleged by her former husband Vishwas Gupta.

Gupta had married Honeypreet, then known as Priyanka Taneja, in 1999 on the direction of the Dera head before filing for divorce in 2011.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Oct 04, 2017 14:38 PM

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