Court ordered Airport police to file an FIR against self-styled god-woman Radhe Maa for carrying ‘Trishul’ on a flight
A Mumbai court on Wednesday ordered Airport police to file an FIR against self-styled god-woman Radhe Maa for carrying ‘Trishul’ on a flight. The court also ordered police to register a case against CISF personnels, local police station officers and Jet airways management in this regard.
A complaint regarding the matter was registered in Mumbai’s Andheri court last year.
In July last year, Radhe Maa was accused in a dowry-related complaint by a Mumbai woman. The complainant Nikki Gupta had accused Radhe Maa of inciting her in-laws to demand more dowry, and of forcing her to work at the ashram, where she was physically assaulted.
On 6 August 2015, the Mumbai Police declared her to have absconded in this alleged case of dowry harassment, and issued a lookout notice against her.
Actor Dolly Bindra had filed a criminal case of threatening and sexual harassment against her.
Here are some facts about Radhe Maa:
Her real name is Sukhvinder Kaur
Born in Dorangala village in Gurdaspur on April 4, 1965, Sukhvinder Kaur was reportedly drawn to spirituality from her childhood days and would spend time at the Maa Kali temple in her village. She was introduced to spirituality by Shri Mahan Ramdeen Das at the age of 23. She is married and has three kids. In fact, she’s a grandmother as well!
She has been accused of obscene behaviour
Radhe Maa has been accused of indecent behaviour by advocate Falguni Brambhatt who has filed a complaint of obscenity, as the god-woman reportedly allows her followers to kiss and hug her.
She was banned from the Mahakumbh
She has been banned from the Nashik Kumbh mela on August 29 by the Dwarkapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swarupanand.
Mahant Gyandas, who also claims to be the president of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad said, “The entry of pretenders is rising in the sacred arena of sadhus and mahants. Trikal Bhavanta, Radhe Maa, and Sachchidananda, who is a liquor professional, should be restrained from participating in the ‘shahi snan’ (sacred bath).”
She has a ‘Divine Experiences’ section on her website
Some of her devotees consider her to be a reincarnation of goddess Durga and her coterie includes ‘Chhoti Ma’ and ‘Talli Baba’. Her devotees include reality star Dolly Bindra and many of her followers are convinced that she has magical powers. Like any modern godman/godwoman she also has a feedback section on her website where people tell her how she has changed their lives. Her devotee (since the comments seem to be from only one person) says that she gave him Rs 10,000 to commute to work (for the month) and also made his ‘vague chest pain’ disappear by placing her hand on his head!
Thankfully, the site does carry this disclaimer – “Please note: These are personal testimonies of faith authored by devotees. Mamtamai Shri Radhe Maa or her sevadars have no role to play in their creation and they therefore take no responsibility for their claims.”
Her organisation is quite tech-savvy and she also has a verified Facebook page.
One of her devotees who asked the media to stop its ‘unfair trial’ of the godwoman. Sanjeev Gupta, a Managing Trustee for the Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa Charitable Trust wrote on his Facebook page: “I wish to highlight some facts that are widely being misreported in media that appear to be connected with a dispute between Shri Nakul Gupta and the extended Gupta joint family. Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa has no connection with the matter. Guru Maa has blessed us by sharing the Gupta family home for the last 12 years. For some reason the reports insist on calling the house an ‘ashram’. We sincerely hope that you will bear these facts in mind while reporting. We have firm faith in the courts and are certain that the truth will finally prevail.”