Days after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was jailed for 20 years for raping sadhvis, Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has out with a list of ‘fake’ babas. According to news agency ANI, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has released names of ‘fake’ babas and spiritual leaders. Also, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has decided to put in place a mechanism to award the title of ‘sant’ to stop its misuse by people like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, news agency PTI reports. “The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad feels that the title of ‘sant’ is being misused so it has decided to put in place a mechanism to award this title,” Jain said. The title will be given after evaluating and examining an individual. The list released by the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has following names as ‘fake’ babas and spiritual leaders:-
-Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad is the united body of 14 akharas, including the Nirmohi Akhara which is the face of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in Ayodhya.
According to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Joint General Secretary Surendra Jain, “There is a very strong feeling among saints that because of misdeeds of just one or two religious leaders, the entire community was being shown in a bad light.” The VHP works closely with the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad.
The Akhara Parishad will also observe lifestyle of individuals before conferring this title on them. A senior functionary of the Akhara Parishad said that they had also decided that a saint cannot hold cash or have any assets in his name. “All such things — assets and cash — should belong to a trust and should be utilised for the welfare of the people at large,” the functionary said.