Spiritual Guru Files Complaint against Abuse Accusers
The Bali Times
HIGH-PROFILE spiritual leader Anand Krishna filed a slander complaint with Jakarta Police this week against two women who have accused him of sexual abuse.
He has also asked police in the capital for legal protection against “character assassination and defamation.”
Krishna, who writes a weekly column in this newspaper, said he had no other option but to protect his name and reputation.
“What they are saying is lies; there are other elements behind them,” he told The Bali Times.
A former student and an ex-employee – Tara Laksmi and Sumidah, respectively – reported to the National Commission for Women (Komnas Perempuan) late last week that they had been sexually abused by Krishna.
Laksmi followed up her complained with police in the capital on Monday this week. She alleges that she was hypnotised and sexually assaulted by Krishna, who denies the allegation.
Her lawyer Agung Martauch told reporters: Anand “is accused by us of obscenity against someone who was defenceless.”
He said the alleged abused took place in May last year.
Krishna, however, said nothing untoward happened.
“I don’t do hypnotherapy and all meditation sessions are in group or in the open. So it’s not possible that the allegations can be true,” he said.
Krishna, who runs meditation centres throughout the country, including in Bali, claims he is being targeted by groups who are opposed to his outspoken views on national subjects, including a review currently before the Constitutional Court on religious freedoms.Filed under: Headlines