24 Oct 2013

Inquiry into allegations against Ashram begins ― The Hindu (24 October, 2013)

T.L. Viswanatha Iyer, retired Judge of Kerala High Court, who was appointed by the Madras High Court in the place of Justice P.R. Raman to look into allegations of sexual harassment of women, children and others at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, began the inquiry on Wednesday.

Justice Raman was relieved of the responsibility as he expressed inability to complete the probe within three months.

He was of the view that it would take at least six months to complete the process.

About 50 persons including complainants and respondents from inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust appeared before Mr. Iyer when he began the inquiry at a training hall of the Chief Secretariat here. Sizeable number of women also appeared before him.

The next hearing is likely in the first week of December.

As per the Madras High Court direction, the inquiry would focus on whether allegations of sexual harassment of women and children in the Ashram were true and whether there was any truth in the allegation regarding violation of human rights and denial of fundamental rights to the inmates.

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