Mass castrations: officers crack code of silence of followers of Indian guru Ram Rahim

Mar 4, 2015

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By Jason Koutsoukis

Many Indians will tell you that a sage guru can add a measure of potency to an otherwise mundane existence.

Pity the 400 followers of the so-called “guru in bling”, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who have followed their master’s advice and castrated themselves in an effort to meet God directly.

Officers from India’s elite Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appear to have made a crucial breakthrough in a long-running investigation into the alleged mass castrations, last week gathering important testimony from victims and other witnesses as they prepare charges of grievous bodily harm against Ram Rahim.

With most of the victims apparently fearing for their lives if they speak out against Ram Rahim – he has 40 to 50 million followers around the world – investigators appear to have finally managed to crack the code of silence, with several witnesses now willing to testify in court.


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17 comments on “Mass castrations: officers crack code of silence of followers of Indian guru Ram Rahim

  • Usually the way a religion grows is by indoctrinating children. They seem to be doing remarkably well without that traditional technique for growth. I wonder if anyone has had a peek at the guru’s testicles.



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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    What a shame about Sanal… Forced to live in exile away from his friends and family. Meanwhile, this criminally insane, Indian version of Charles Manson is walking free and untroubled. The guy in the white suit in the background looks like he could be one of his bodyguards…



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    Lorenzo says:

    Pity the 400 followers of the so-called “guru in bling”, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who have followed their master’s advice and castrated themselves in an effort to meet God directly.

    If I may interject a rather cynic (and I suspect rather European) view on this: if someone gets to the point to physically castrate him- (her?) -self to “meet god directly”, it’s probably for the best…



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  • Ridiculous.

    A note for the moderators:

    A tab appeared saying that I had already made this comment and was duplicating it; I have indeed employed this adjective previously but not on this thread.

    I have the inclination to use it in every comment I post on matters religious.



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  • guy in white

    SNF

    Manson

    Exactly who I thought of also. How many people don’t realize he didn’t lay a finger, rather, was the mastermind?

    Shove the Jim Jones scenario into spellbound faces, and in all likely hood my guy is the real deal would be the responses. ‘Fools gold’, mighty powerful.



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  • Forty to 50 million followers? Really? This is stunning to me. Stories
    like this make me feel that we are doomed

    terrifying indeed, Indygrl176



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  • Aesop in ancient Greece blogged on this article.

    A FOX caught in a trap escaped, but in so doing lost his tail.
    Thereafter, feeling his life a burden from the shame and ridicule
    to which he was exposed, he schemed to convince all the other
    Foxes that being tailless was much more attractive, thus making
    up for his own deprivation. He assembled a good many Foxes and
    publicly advised them to cut off their tails, saying that they
    would not only look much better without them, but that they would
    get rid of the weight of the brush, which was a very great
    inconvenience. One of them interrupting him said, “If you had
    not yourself lost your tail, my friend, you would not thus
    counsel us.”

    Misery loves company.



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  • @OP – officers crack code of silence of followers of Indian guru Ram Rahim

    Trying to organise honest law enforcement, and recruit honest competent staff to do so, does seem to be difficult in some parts of India!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-32112438

    .More than 1,000 men have reportedly been arrested in India’s Bihar state for impersonating candidates in physical fitness tests for the police.

    The men had been hired to pass themselves off as the candidates, according to the state police.

    The arrests were made over the last fortnight, as documents produced by the men were found to have been falsified.

    Photographs of mass cheating in Bihar’s secondary school exams provoked an outcry earlier this month.

    More than 300 people, many of them parents, were arrested after the publication of the pictures.

    Last year, some 150 people were arrested in Bihar for cheating in a written exam for police constables, Indian media say.



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