A popular religious leader in India, who has not less than 50 million followers worldwide, has allegedly persuaded 400 men to cut off their private parts in order to get closer to God, the Central Bureau of Investigations said. Read more from Scoop:
47-year-old Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is facing charges of causing grievous bodily harm after being accused of persuading his followers to cut off their private parts. According to the police investigation, Singh’s followers cut off their private parts at a hospital run by him.
Singh has previously been questioned over the murder of an investigative journalist and has also been accused of sexual assault, but has never been charged. Hans Raj Chauhan told police that he cut off his private parts because he thought he will be a social outcast if he refused to carry out the operation required by Singh.
Singh told his followers that only those who are castrated, will be able to find God. Singh’s estimated net worth is $40 million.