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Delhi 'Godman' Virendra Dev Dixit Running Trafficking Racket, Says DCW

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| December 26 , 2017 , 10:34 IST

Inspection of other Delhi ashrams of 'godman' Virendra Dev Dixit have led the Delhi Commission of Women to suspect that he may be running a human trafficking racket.

A team from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), including its chief Swati Maliwal and advocate Ajay Verma appointed as amicus curiae by the Delhi High Court inspected ashrams of 'godman' Virendra Dev Dixit in Karawal Nagar in east Delhi and Nangloi in west Delhi on Monday.

"It appears that Baba is running a human trafficking racket. The CBI should urgently and simultaneously conduct raids at all ashrams of Dixit across India and close them down. By delaying the raids, Baba is getting time to cover up his action. All women and girls should be immediately rescued," Maliwal said.

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"There were six girls being kept in a similar situation like Vijay Vihar, Rohini and other ashrams of the Baba. The ashram was much smaller but had prison-like surroundings," said a statement by the DCW, regarding the Karawal Nagar ashram.

"Proper registers were not being maintained to record as to where did the girls come from and for how long have they been there," the statement said.

"Three girls appeared to be minors. The CWC concerned has been requested to shift them to shelter homes to ensure their counselling. The locals informed that before the DCW visit, many girls had been removed from the premises," it added.

At the Nagloi ashram, the team interacted with 15 women inmates but did not find any minors, however, the locals told DCW that 20 girls had been taken away from the ashram in the morning.

Last week, the DCW along with the Delhi Police rescued more than 45 minor girls from two different ashrams run by Dixit. The Delhi High Court had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into complaints filed a group of parents alleging that Virendra Dev Dikshit was sexually exploiting a number of minor girls and women held at the Rohini ashram.

Self-styled 'godman' Virendra Dev Dikshit who is believed to be obsessed with having 16,000 women companions.