Dera Sacha Sauda

Victims of a guru

Print edition : September 29, 2017

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh greeting his devotees in Sirsa on July 12. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

Joginder Singh, sarpanch of village and father of one of the sadhvis who was criminally assaulted by the godman. He passed away in 2016. Photo: T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

Ranjit Singh, Joginder Singh’s son, who quit the Dera in 2001 following the sexual exploitation charges against the Dera chief. He was murdered in July that year.

Anshul Chhatrapati, son of the slain "Poora Sach" editor Ram Chander Chhatrapati (in frame). The Sirsa-based eveninger had published news of an anonymous letter detailing the sexual exploitation of women disciples by Gurmeet Singh.

Misplaced faith in the positive influence of the Dera Sacha Sauda makes a sarpanch of a village in Kurukshetra send his grown-up daughter and son to live there, but the decision proves costly.

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