New Delhi, June 11: Self-styled godman 'Daati Maharaj' has been booked for allegedly raping his disciple in Delhi. Daati Maharaj heads the Shani Dham in Fatehpur Beri in Delhi. According to a Mirror Now report, the woman disciple has alleged that she was raped by Daati Maharaj inside the Shani Dham two years ago. A case has been registered under Sections 376, 377, 354 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The woman said that she didn't file a police complaint earlier due to fear and social stigma. She said that she was intimidated by the huge following of the Shani Dham head. According to reports, he has been accused of sexual assault in the past too.
Daati Maharaj is a popular face on Indian television as he anchors horoscope based shows on several news channels. He is also popular in political circles with several politicians seen with him.
This comes months after another self styled godman Asaram was convicted of raping his disciple in his ashram. Asaram has been posted in a Jodhpur prison. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Earlier last year, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was also convicted of raping two of his disciples and was sentenced to 20 years in jail. He is serving his sentence in a Rohtak prison.