'Godwoman' Radhe Maa lords over police station; SHO vacates seat, joins her for singing session

It seems that India just can't get enough of self-styled godmen/women. In a recent video, the controversial godwoman Radhe Maa was seen sitting on the chair of a Station House Officer of a police station in Delhi’s Vivek Vihar. The Delhi Police has initiated an inquiry after the picture surfaced, a senior official said.

SHO Sanjay Sharma, draped in a red and gold shawl worn by Hindu devotees, can be seen standing next to her with his hands folded in the photograph. In more visuals, policemen can be seen singing patriotic songs and dancing with Radhe Maa during a Dussehra event.

File image of Radhe Maa. Facebook

File image of Radhe Maa. Facebook

"An additional deputy commissioner of police-rank officer has begun an inquiry into the matter," Joint Commissioner of Police, Eastern Range, Ravindra Yadav said. Chief spokesperson Dependra Pathak told The Indian Express that Sharma has been sent to district lines.

The Indian Express report also quoted sources as saying that the 'godwoman' suddenly arrived at the police station and met other staff, who offered her a warm welcome on the midnight of 28 and 29 September.

However, according to a News18 report, she arrived at the police station in connection with a dowry case wherein a 32-year-old woman alleged that her husband’s family harassed her on Radhe Maa’s orders.

Gupta alleged soon after her marriage, her in-laws demanded Rs 65 lakh. When her parents said they couldn't pay the amount, she was made to "forcefully" serve Radhe maa, massage her legs and clean her house.

Radhe Maa also features in a list of 14 fake babas released by the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the apex body of Hindu sadhus. Giving out the list, the parishad’s president Swami Narendra Giri said, "We appeal to even the common people to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts, bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis."

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Oct 05, 2017 14:08 PM

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