Vadodara: Jain monk Acharya Shantisagar accused of raping 19-year-old girl
In yet another incident, Jain monk Digambar Acharya Shantisagar was allegedly arrested by Gujarat police in connection with a rape case.
The Surat Police has arrested the self-styled Godman Jain monk Digambar Acharya Shantisagar on Saturday evening.
It was reported that a 19- year-old woman has accused 45-year old Shantisagar Maharaj of raping her when she came to seek his blessing with her parents.
A police official said,“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 pretext of performing puja and raped her”.
Following the incident, the girl was sent to the hospital where the rape was confirmed
DCP Vidhi Chaudhary said in a statement, “The victim approached us on Friday. Based on her statements, we registered a case against the accused. The girl was sent for medical examination where prima facie it seemed that she was raped. We will arrest the monk soon”.
Although, the police officials have sent the accused for the medical examination.
However, a case has been registered against the accused under the sections of 376 (1) of Indian Penal Code in Athva Police Station.