Self-styled god woman Radhe Maa alias Sukhwinder Kaur has also been accused of hurting religious sentiments. Two Ludhiana residents, Ashwani Kumar Bahal and Dheeraj Sharma, have alleged that the controversial godwoman insulted Goddess Durga. A criminal case was filed in a Ludhiana court.
The complainants have said that they are the followers of Vaishno Devi, Chintpurni Devi and Jawalaji – different forms of Goddess Durga. They said that Radhe Maa, who claims to be the incarnation of Goddess Durga, has hurt their religious feelings by wearing a revealing mini skirt. “She has insulted Goddess Durga by wearing western outfit. She cannot be equated with a goddess and has hurt our religious feelings,” Bahal alleged.
The complainants have moved a local court under sections 295-A and 298 of the Indian Penal Code, accusing the godwoman of deliberately outraging religious feelings.
Radhe Maa has been in the middle of controversies in recent times. She has been accused of abetting suicide of a woman who was married to her brother Sukhbir Singh. The family of Balwinder Kaur, who was married to the godwoman’s brother, has alleged that Radhe Maa had been threatening to kill the woman.
According to the victim’s family, Balwinder worked as an anganwadi worker before her marriage in 1995. After her marriage she was not allowed to continue with her job. When she failed to bear a child for 10 years, she was harassed by her in-laws.
“Sukhwinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa and her family caused mental harassment to my sister. She was even forced to leave the marital home. However, she agreed to return to her in-laws place at Dorangla when she was assured that she will not be ill treated again,” her family said. But Balwinder was harassed even after the assurances she was found hanging. The godwoman’s family claimed it was a case of suicide but her parents reported the matter to the police. Radhe Maa’s father and her brothers were arrested for abetting the suicide.
A matriculate, Radhe Maa lived in Dorangla village for 17 years till she got married in 1986. Her father owned a makeshift meat shop in the village. She was forced to leave Punjab in 2002 when she kicked off a major controversy by dressing up as Goddess Durga. She migrated to New Delhi in 2002 and when she kicked off a major controversy by dressing up as Goddess Durga. She migrated to New Delhi in 2002 and later went to Mumbai.
Trouble could mount for self-styled god woman Sukhwinder Kaur, who is famously known as Radhe Maa, as a Kangra priest has accused her of murdering her guru.
Mahant Shyam Sundar Das has made a stunning allegation that Radhe Maa murdered her guru Ramadhin. Das also charged Radhe Maa of financial irrerugalities and land grabbing. Questioning the title of godwoman bestowed upon Radhe Maa by her devotees, Das claimed that she indulges in obscene activities.
Radhe Maa has been in the middle of controversies in the recent times. She has been accused of abetting suicide of a woman who was married to her brother Sukhbir Singh. The family of Balwinder Kaur, who was married to the godwoman’s brother, has alleged that Radhe Maa had been threatening to kill the woman.
The victim’s family has alleged that while the godwoman’s father and two brothers were convicted and jailed for 10 years for abetting Balwinder’s suicide, Radhe Maa managed to stay out of jail due to her connections.
The Bombay High Court on Friday granted anticipatory bail to Radhe Maa in connection with the case. The court directed her to submit a cash bond of Rs 30,000 and also be present at police station on 19 and 26 August to cooperate in the investigation.
The Mumbai police, probing the dowry case, served summons on Thursday night after she returned to the city from a tour. During a press conference earlier this week, Radhe Maa had denied her involvement in the case and said she trusted the media as well as the police completely.
“I am pure and pious. The complainant is very poor. If I haven’t taken anything from my daughters-in-law, who belong to royal families, then why will I take money from a poor person who doesn’t have anything to eat?” she said.
A matriculate, Radhe Maa lived in Dorangla village for 17 years till she got married in 1986. Her father owned a makeshift meat shop in the village. She was forced to leave Punjab in 2002 when she kicked off a major controversy by dressing up as Goddess Durga. She migrated to New Delhi in 2002 and later went to Mumbai.
The Bombay high court on Friday granted interim anticipatory bail to self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa in a dowry harassment case, within hours of the 50-year-old guru appearing for questioning by Mumbai police in the matter.
The court granted interim bail to her for two weeks on the ground that another accused in the same case has already been given the same relief. Radhe Maa has to be submit Rs 20,000 as bond and be present at Kandivali police station on August 19 and 26 from 11am to 1pm.
On Thursday, a local court had denied anticipatory bail to her in the case filed by 32-year-old Nikki Gupta, who has accused the godwoman of instigating her husband and in-laws for dowry. Radhe Maa is among seven accused named in the case.
The case is the latest in a string of controversies to engulf the god woman who has lakhs of followers around the country.
Advocate Abad Ponda, appearing for Radhe Maa, said the other six accused in the case were her family members and were granted anticipatory bail by the sessions court. Ponda argued Radhe Maa, the seventh accused, should also be granted bail.
Ponda also brought to the notice of the court that the complainant in the case had filed a case of cruelty against her husband and family two years back in a family court. Ponda added Radhe Maa’s name was not mentioned in that case and that her name mentioned in this case was an afterthought.
A journalist on Thursday forwarded a written application to the airport police station which claims that Radhe Maa carried a trishul on board a flight, and requested the police to file an FIR against her.
Senior inspector B Mukhedkar of the airport police said he had received the application, but said no offence has been registered as officers of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which handles airport security, have not brought any such incident to his notice.