Rape accused godman Nithyananda proclaims new island nation 'Kailaasa'
The self-styled godman was in news recently when Gujarat police filed an FIR on the charges of kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children.
According to unconfirmed media reports, the new nation is said to be in an island that the controversial godman bought near Ecuador in central Latin America.
The new nation, as gathered from the website - kailaasa.org - has its own passport, flag and emblem. There is even an application form for those who want to seek citizenship of Kailaasa.
"Kailaasa is a nation without borders created by dispossessed Hindus around the world who lost the right to practice Hinduism authentically in their own countries," it said.
The new nation “offers a safe haven to all the world’s practising, aspiring or persecuted Hindus, irrespective of race, gender, sect, caste, or creed, where they can peacefully live and express their spirituality, arts, and culture free from denigration, interference and violence,” claims the website.
The godman was in the news recently after the Gujarat police registered an FIR against him.
The police were acting on a petition filed by a Tamil Nadu-based couple in the Gujarat High Court seeking the release of their two daughters who, they claimed, were illegally confined at an ashram in Ahmedabad.
The police said that the self-styled godman may have fled the country in late 2018.
Should these shocking developments come as a surprise for any of us? Because there were a lot of writings on the wall.
Nithyananda shot to fame in 2010 for all the wrong reasons, when a video that allegedly showed him in a compromising position with a Tamil actress was aired on several channels down south.
As he was absconding arrests, bizarre details surfaced about how he made his 'volunteers' sign a 'secret contract' that included these appalling lines:
"Volunteers understand that the Program may involve the learning and practise of ancient tantric secrets associated with male and female ecstasy, including the use of sexual energy for increased intimacy/spiritual connection, pleasure, harmony, and freedom."
The contract further functioned as a gag order, threatening devotees with consequences if they were to reveal it to outsiders.
Fast forward to 2012, the godman went missing for five days after fresh accusations of rape and confinement were levelled against him.
His Dhyanapeetham ashram in Bidadi was sealed by the Bengaluru police after they stumbled upon a dump of condoms and a stash of ganja inside his ashram compounds. He surrendered in Ramnagara district court and was later sent to jail.