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- BKWSU Center-in-Charge involved in Cover up of Sex Abuse
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Police raided a Brahma Kumari centre in Nepal following reports of a six month old sex scandal. A group of women police from Kalimati and Durbarg Marg raided the Thamel RajYoga centre at 10 am in the morning.
One of the Brahma Kumaris called Lakshmi reported that she was sexually assaulted by one of the workers at the same center, Surat Bahadur Ayer and charged the centre of helping him. Ayer, a high profile engineer in the Nepal Water Corporation flew to India.
The RajYoga center were reported to have confirmed the incident, one Brahma Kumari said the scandal was known to the centre for more than six months and yet kept secret.
Police raided the centre on the basis of the report filed and arrested 12 persons who were later freed. Police said higher officials from the BKWSU phoned them and ordered them not to arrest them. Later on, an Ayer family member agreed to give 400,000 rupees to ex-BK Lakshmi ($9,000 USD) and she left the centre.
BKs absconding from centers after controversies arise is not new. It would appear to be BKWSU policy, similar events happening during a murder/suicide scandal in a Panipat center. Neither are sex scandals, arising from India and the USA. In another Indian center, a young Brahma Kumari was reported to have burnt herself alive after falling in love, center workers removing the evidence.
In many such incidents, rumors have persisted that the Brahma Kumaris have used their influence with the authorities to hush matters up. This is the first incident in the English language where a clear conformation of interference and a financial pay off happened.
It is impossible to know how many other similar case have happened, due to the Brahma Kumaris' cloak of secrecy.
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