Daati Maharaj: Godman accused of rape claims victim was like daughter

Daati Maharaj Daati Maharaj | Facebook account of Shree Shanidham

Self-styled godman Daati Maharaj who has been accused of rape by a disciple has assured cooperation in the investigation. Maharaj runs the Shani Dham organisation in Fatehpur Beri and is popular on TV channels and social media platforms.

Maharaj told reporters that the complainant was like his daughter and he would not blame her even if he is executed.

"I won't put any allegations on that girl because she was my daughter and will continue to be that. Even if I am hanged, I won't put allegations on her. If I have done anything wrong, then the legal authorities will look into that. I will fully cooperate in the investigation," he said.

Maharaj's comment comes after the crime branch of the Delhi Police on Wednesday recorded the statement of the victim and initiated the process to issue a lookout circular against the self-styled godman. He will not be permitted to leave the country.

Maharaj has been accused of raping a disciple inside the Shani Dham ashram two years ago.

The woman registered a case in Fatehpur Beri police station on Sunday. It was later transferred to the district investigation unit.

Daati Maharaj has been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 376, 377, 354 and 34.

The woman has alleged that she didn't file a complaint earlier as she felt intimidated by Maharaj. She also said she was raped repeatedly at Gurukul Ashwasan in Rajasthan's Bal Gram.