Self-styled ‘godman’ Baba Parmanand who was absconding for some 15 days, has been arrested in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, on charges of exploiting women sexually at his ashram in Barabanki. His student-turned aide Arvind was also arrested.
Parmanand allegedly sexually abused childless women under the pretext of curing their infertility, and he even made videos of his act and used them to blackmail the victims. Police say he has now been sent for a medical examination and is to be produced in court. The ‘godman’ has maintained that he is not guilty and the whole thing is a conspiracy to trap him.
His crimes came to light when a victim shared one of the video clips on social media that went viral and drove the police to file an FIR. They also raided Parmanand’s ashram and discovered many more explicit videos.
The ‘godman’ whose real name is Ram Shankar Tiwari set up the Barabanki ashram 30 years ago, and a large portion of followers included women who were unable to conceive or had given birth only to girls, and were desperate for a baby boy.
Officials say nine cases have been filed against Parmanand including charges of loot and rape.