NEW DELHI: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police will take over the probe into the complaint of a 25-year-old woman that she was raped by a self-styled godman and his disciples on several occasions, the police said today.
The woman filed a complaint against Daati Maharaj, a self-styled godman, at the Fatehpur Beri police station in south Delhi on Sunday.
The case was transferred from the district police to the Crime Branch today, they added.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar confirmed that the case had been transferred even though they were yet to receive the official orders.
The woman had told police that she was a disciple of the self-styled godman for a decade, but after she was raped by him and two of his disciples, she returned to her native place in Rajasthan.
She also alleged that a female disciple of the godman would force her into his room and if she refused, would tell her that other disciples too slept with him, the police said.
The woman also alleged that she was sexually abused in the ashrams of the godman in Delhi and Rajasthan and named two male disciples of Daati Maharaj.
She fled from one of the ashrams two years ago and had gone into depression.
After she recovered from her trauma, she narrated her ordeal to her parents, who approached the police and a case was registered.
Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal had met the woman and said she should be given police protection.
"Met girl who alleged rape by Dati Maharaj in his ashram. The girls story is simply horrifying and it appears that she has gone through the utmost torture. She has a threat to her life. Issued notice to Delhi Police to immediately provide her protection. Dati Maharaj should be immediately arrested!" Maliwal tweeted.