Two top aides of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have had their testicles removed, Haryana Police found out after their arrest, media reports stated. The revelation, if proved true, could substantiate the charges of mass castration of male Dera followers.
The two top aides of Gurmeet — Lawyer Daan Singh and Rakesh Kumar — were arrested over the widespread violence carried out by followers of the sect after their leader was convicted of rape in late August. Ram Rahim's adopted daughter Honeypreet is also imprisoned under the same charges.
Haryana Police has also informed CBI, which is investigating the mass castration case against the Dera chief, and a medical board has been set up to determine the circumstances under which the testicles of Singh and Kumar were removed, and if there is any natural explanation for the missing body parts, the daily further reported. The medical examination of the two will be conducted on Monday.
The 50-year-old Dera head, who is undergoing imprisonment for the rape of two of his female followers has several other cases pending against them, including that of castrating 400 of his male followers.
In July 2012, Hansraj Chauhan of Fatehabad district of Haryana had filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging that he along with 400 disciples were castrated at the Dera premises after being drugged.
However, according to The Economic Times, several of the castrated followers told the court that the castrations were with consent. Gurmeet had also rejected the allegations of forced castration, saying that he was ready to be beheaded if the charges against him were proved.
Since 2014, CBI has been investigating the case, The Indian Express wrote.
India Today reported that the castrations were done apparently to avoid sexual advances of the male disciples towards their female counterparts, and the followers were persuaded to undergo castration on the pretext of union with God.
In a phone conversation with The Quint, Chauhan said that it was in 2000, when Gurmeet felt that followers at his Dera should be prohibited from getting married or having normal sexual life, and asked two doctors to oversee the castration operations of some of his devotees.
Gurmeet is also facing trial for murders of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chatrapati who published the newspaper 'Poora Sach' and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh.
Chatrapati had written about alleged illegal activities going on in the Dera. Chatrapati was shot in 2002. Singh, who was believed to be privy to a number of wrong things happening inside the sect headquarters, was shot dead in July 2003.
Updated Date: Oct 09, 2017 12:01 PM