In an affidavit filed in the Kerala high court, a 28-year-old Hindu woman has alleged that she was detained for 22 days at a yoga centre near Tripunithura, in the suburbs of Kochi, and “physically and mentally harassed” to abandon her marriage to a Christian man.
The woman, in her affidavit, also alleged that over 60 Hindu women who were married to men from other religions were under illegal detention at the Tripunithura centre, an organised effort that bore the trademark of the `ghar wapsi’ movement.
Dr Shweta, after escaping from the yoga centre, raised these allegations in an affidavit to support a habeas corpus petition filed originally by 29-year-old Rinto Isaac of Thrissur after she went missing on July 27th. Prior to this, Shweta and Isaac had got married at a temple in Peechi and had registered their marriage under Special Marriage Act.
According to Shweta, she lived with Isaac for close to 10 months but her father and family forced her to go for “counselling” at the yoga centre. She told TOI that at the yoga centre her hands were often bound when she protested and that the “teaching” there was confined to revealing loopholes and contradictions in the Bible and the Quran. “We were forced to sleep on the floor of dormitories and the doors of bathrooms did not have locks. There were who had confined for years… Most of the inmates were ill all around but no treatment was given, ” Shweta said in the affidavit.
Udayamperoor panchayat has issued closure notice to Yoga Vidya Kendra run by Manoj alias Guruji at Kandanadu in Tripunithura. Udayamperoor police arrested Sreejesh on Monday. The four yoga tutors, including Manoj alias Guruji, are absconding.
SOURCE: The Times of India