Surat police arrested a Jain muni who is accused of raping a 19- year-old. The 45 years old accused Shantisagar Maharaj of the Digambar sect, has been accused of sexually assaulting the girl who had come to seek his blessings along with her parents. As per the sources, a medical examination of the girl has confirmed that she had been raped.
What actually happened?
The police said in its statement,
“On October 1, the girl, her brother and parents had gone to seek his blessings. The Acharya allegedly convinced them to stay back for the chanting of mantras. Then he allegedly took the girl to another room, on the pretext of performing puja and raped her. The girl was initially afraid of reporting the incident but finally confided in her parents and a FIR was filed after 11days. She was sent to the government hospital for medical check-up and rape was confirmed.”
After then the Acharya has been arrested by the police at same night the complaint was registered. Thousands of community members gathered at the Athwa lines police station. Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said, “We have filed a FIR based on the girl’s complaint. The medical report confirms the girl was raped.” Meanwhile, Surat Zone, 4 DCP Vidhi Chaudhari said, “We have discovered evidence that the girl was raped and based on that, we will be investigating the Acharya.”