The drama behind the chopped-off genitals of Swami Ganeshananda Theerthapada has taken a turn and reached utter dismal situation by the change of statements by the victim repeatedly. It has created a new interest in the case and has divulged dimensions hitherto unnoticed. Society is in a dilemma now as to believe or not even the most self-defensive actions by the needy.
It was reported on May 20 that a 23-year-old woman, an LLB student, had cut off the genitals of the 54-year-old Swami, who was allegedly sexually abusing her since she was in high school. It was revealed that this so-called ‘godman’ had tried to rape her on May 19, Friday night, and the girl in turn has chopped off his genitals. She was afraid that he would kill her and hence informed the police about the incident herself.
The woman’s father has been bedridden for years and Swami Hari Kumar (as he is otherwise known), who was then associated with the Panmana Ashram in Kollam, was entrusted by the woman’s mother to do poojas at home to ward off the problems faced by the family. Panmana Ashram has later denied any connection with the godman. It was accused that the mother of the girl had sexual relations with the Swami; but it was during the same period that he started to frequent the family on the pretext of performing poojas and started molesting the then minor girl.