Delhi: 40 girls rescued from Godman’s ashram in Rohini

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New Delhi, Dec 22: More than 40 girls were rescued by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) along with the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and the Delhi Police from self-styled godman Virendra Dev Dikshit’s Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya ashram in Rohini.

The joint operation took place after the Delhi High Court formed a panel consisting of lawyers and the DCW chief, to inspect the premises of the so-called institute, owned by Dikshit where girls and women were allegedly kept in illegal confinement, news agency ANI reported.

Speaking to the media, DCW chief Swati Maliwal said  “A 13-year-old victim said that she was raped by the Baba. It is high time to take action against such Babas. We were also held hostage when we went there to rescue the victims. Somehow we managed to rescue the girls”.

“We also came across lots of medicines stocked up which we are sure were being given to these girls as they seemed to be in a trance when we rescued them”, she added.

Later in a day, the Delhi High Court has asked for a list of all 8 Ashrams of Virendra Dev Dikshit to be produced as soon as possible. Court also questioned the meditation being taught if the inmates are being forcibly kept in prison-like conditions.

The rescued girls, who were sent to the shelter homes, will now be counselled.

Meanwhile, the residents of the area alleged that these minors had been “trapped” inside the ashram and were trained to work as sex workers.

“This place has been given the name of a University. Girls from this place were taken to some place in buses and there were trained as a sex labor. This place was a complete fraud and the girls who used to come here were not even allowed to meet their parents,” one of the residents told news agency ANI.

In the last 20-22 years, numerous complainants have approached the Police, but to no avail. I was also threatened for raising my voice in the media, but I was not afraid, wanted to save innocent girls, another resident said.

Earlier, the High Court had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the ashram in Rohini where girls and women were allegedly being illegally imprisoned.

The inmates of the ashram belonged to various parts of the country.

However, the police are investigating the matter.


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