Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Iskcon worker alleges sexual assault

THE TIMES OF INDIA: LUCKNOW: A volunteer of the Iskcon temple in Mathura on Monday lodged a police complaint accusing two members of the temple management and a security guard of sexual assault, intimidation and threat to life. While she submitted a complaint with Vrindavan police accusing a senior member and temple manager, the temple administration denied the allegations saying she had dispute with the temple authorities.

Senior superintendent of police, Mathura, Pradeep Yadav said action will begin once the allegations are verified. The woman has alleged that she was not being allowed to enter the temple by the management, but Iskcon representatives said there were no restrictions and that she was stopped only from venturing into the area where saints live.

SSP Yadav said the two sides have been involved in dispute for sometime. "Investigations have revealed that after a dispute, the temple management denied her entry into the temple compound. But she approached the court which ordered that she must not be denied entry for prayers and meditation. After which she was allowed entry into the premises," said SSP Yadav.

"She has accused the temple management of making lewd remarks and sexual assault. She has also accused a temple guard of physical assault. We have listened to what she had to say about her complaint in detail and are getting the specifics verified. Since there is a court history of dispute between the two sides, malafide intent on the part of either or both cannot be ruled out," SSP Yadav told TOI on phone.

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