‘Hubby asked me to co-operate with pontiff’

‘Hubby asked me to co-operate with pontiff’

By Praveen Kumar, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Sep 2, 2015, 04.00 AM IST

‘Hubby asked me to co-operate with pontiff’

The 25-year-old woman who has accused Raghaveshwara Bharati Swami of sexually assaulting her claims that she did not get support even from her husband. She has told the police that her husband, in fact, told her to co-operate with the pontiff and to be at his service whenever he wants.

After the victim turned 18, the pontiff is alleged to have forcibly got her married off to one of his disciples in order to protect himself from any future trouble. After the wedding, when the victim narrated her past, she was devastated with her husband’s response, who claimed that he knew everything and whatever had happened between her and the pontiff was for good.
The victim who filed a complaint on Saturday against the pontiff accusing him of sexually assaulting her in 2006 when she was 15 years old told the Girinagar police that her husband, a native of Bhatkal, told her that there was nothing wrong with co-operating with the pontiff.
Gowramma, vice-president of Janavadhi Mahila Sangha who is helping the victim in fighting the case against the pontiff, said, “The victim’s husband was aware of his wife’s past. The mutt inmate was handpicked by the pontiff to marry the victim in May, 2009.”

‘COPS NOT TAKING ANY ACTION’

Gowramma alleged that the cops are not taking any action against the pontiff and are merely killing time by subjecting the victim to medical tests. “We will wait for two more days and then stage a protest if the police fail to act,” said Gowramma. Girinagar police said they have asked the pontiff to appear for questioning. “She has to be subjected to medical tests as a mandatory procedure. We are in the process of collecting evidence,” the senior investigating officer said.

Source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com/bangalore/others/Hubby-asked-me-to-co-operate-with-pontiff/articleshow/48764132.cms

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