The so-called “Guru in bling,” whose real name is Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, has the confidence and trust of his followers to such a degree that an estimated 400 men readily castrated themselves in their desire to “meet God directly,” as promised by the spiritual leader.
Just last week, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) made a breakthrough in the investigation into the mass castrations. It is prepared to charge the self-styled Guru with causing grievous bodily harm, among other things.
Being that Singh has an estimated 40 to 50 million followers worldwide, people are understandably nervous about coming forward to speak out against him and his actions.
That being the case, only one victim has officially come forward publicly, Hans Raj Chauhan, who claims the castrations began around the year 2000.
“They [the victims] were told that only those who get castrated will be able to meet God,” said Chauhan’s attorney, Navkiran Singh.
Due to the fear surrounding coming out against Singh, many victims fear they will be outcast by their communities, a police source told the Mail Today newspaper.
“CBI sleuths met some old… followers and were, thus, successful in tracing some others who were castrated in the name of God, Some of the castrated followers, who agreed to record their statements before the judicial magistrate, have left for Delhi where the case has been registered.”
Eyewitnesses even reported that the castrations were carried out by doctors at a hospital in the state of Rajasthan.
The mass castrations aren’t the only thing on Singh’s plate at the moment either, as he is also facing numerous charges of sexual exploitation of female followers.
With all this being said, Singh has a personal fortune of more than $50 million and is a formidable force to reckon with, especially in India, where police and judicial system corruption are commonplace.
It remains to be seen if any charges will be brought against Singh. This will depend a lot on how many victims of castration will be brave enough to come forward and make the so-called Guru pay for what he did.