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Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

Dera chief Ram Rahim’s wife, mother return to Rajasthan home

The 50-year-old self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is married to Harjit Kaur and has two daughters and a son. Singh’s wife and mother Naseeb Kaur have shunned visitors and locked themselves in following his sentencing.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2017 08:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
A photo from Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s family album.
A photo from Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s family album.(HT Photo)

It was a quiet home-coming for the two women.

Their house would have been teeming with fawning visitors but a lot has changed since August 25 for Naseeb Kaur and Harjit Kaur.

They came to Gurusar Mundia in Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar district late on Monday, a few hours after a court in neighbouring Haryana ordered Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in jail for raping his two disciples.

Naseeb Kaur is the mother and Harjit the wife of the 50-year-old self-styled godman, whose followers ran riot on August 25 after he was found guilty of rape.

The violence left 38 people dead and 250 injured. Arson was also reported from some parts of Rajasthan, including Sriganganagar.

The two women, who have shunned the limelight unlike the flamboyant sect leader who loved the spotlight, have locked themselves in. Visitors are not allowed.

Little is known about the women. It was Singh’s “adopted daughter” Honeypreet who accompanied him to the Panchukla court and then to Rohtak jail after he was found guilty of rape.

He has two daughters and a son with Harjit.

People rushed to the house to catch a glimpse of them but returned disappointed -- the gate was locked, sources said.

The two came to village in a cavalcade of six vehicles, Sriganganagar district collector Gyana Ram said. Dera supporters who came to drop them left soon after.

The women, according to the villagers, used to live in Haryana’s Sirsa, the headquarters of the dera that has a considerable following in Punjab, Haryana and parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

A lot of dera followers left Sirsa ahead of the verdict as security forces patrolled the town but many were holed up in the sprawling campus.

Concerned that the presence of the two women could trigger trouble, police beefed up security in the region. District officials met them and sought cooperation in maintaining law and order, sources said.

Police sources said some dera followers had planned mass suicide if their leader was convicted.

They even got a pledge printed to be signed by 70,000 followers with their names, addresses and Aadhaar number, saying no one was to be blamed for the “suicide”. The plan didn’t work out because of police crackdown.

First Published: Aug 29, 2017 19:47 IST

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