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Forced castration: CBI registers case against Dera chief

In 2012, one of his followers Hansraj Chauhan in a Civil Writ Petition No.13395 filed in the High Court, complained of forced castration of several followers in the year 2000 at his ashram by misleading them that this will take them close towards God through him.

“We have registered a case under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 417 (punishment for cheating), 326 (causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of IPC against Head of a religious place at Sirsa in Haryana and others relating to an alleged castration of 400 devotees on the orders of the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court,” CBI spokesperson said.

The writ petition by the follower has demanded CBI inquiry and compensation for his castration, which took place in 2000. The petitioner alleged that around 400 male devotees belonging to Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan etc. were castrated at that place under the false claim that the castration would lead to realization of God through him.

Seeking a CBI probe, Chauhan had claimed before the bench that castration of Dera followers is being done by the chief through doctors employed in his hospital. Earlier, state governments has recorded the statements of seven people, associated with the Dera head and all of them have confirmed that they had been castrated.

The Dera chief, who is going to hit the big screen next month with his film ‘Messenger of God’, has already courted controversy with Sikh organisations, including Akal Takht, seeking a ban on it.

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