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41 Girls Rescued From Delhi Ashram Of 'Godman' Virendra Dev Dikshit

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| December 22 , 2017 , 15:30 IST

A total of 41 girls were rescued from an ashram in Delhi's Rohini area on Thursday evening by a team of senior officials and the Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal. The Rohini ashram is said to be run by self-styled 'godman' Virendra Dev Dikshit who is believed to be obsessed with having 16,000 women companions.

In a tweet, Swati Maliwal confirmed the operation, saying, "Finally after 3 days, in a mammoth operation rescued 41 minor girls from Baba Virender Dikshit Ashram with CWC & Delhi Police. These girls will now be counselled, their parents will be contacted and their age shall be verified.  This place needs to be shut & Baba should be arrested!"

However, authorities believe that many more girls/women may also be held at the ashram as it contains a maze of rooms.

Earlier this week 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.

The authorities first raided Dikshit's Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya recovering a massive stock of medicines and syringes, after which it was discovered that the girls at the Rohini ashram were housed in inhumane conditions.

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The confined girls were not permitted to meet relatives or friends and were kept in cramped spaces with no sunlight and metal grills blocking their exit.

According to a report by Mail Today, Virendra Dev Dikshit would make parents sign a stamp paper stating that they willingly handed over their daughters to him. Once the girls were in his ashram, the girls would allegedly be sexually assaulted and after they turned 18 they would be forced to sign a paper stating they were staying with him willingly.