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A documented history of the Prasad sisters’ campaign against the Ashram

January 14, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram have made available the following documents pertaining to the suicide sisters’ “beyond belief” campaign against the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust.

  1. Report of the Enquiry Officer at the High Court of Chennai dated 24/10/2002. This report details Hemlata Prasad’s gross misconduct and indiscipline, justifying the action taken against her by the Ashram Trust.
  2. Judgment of The Judicial Magistrate at Pondicherry dated 23/11/2004. Concludes that Hemlata Prasad’s charges of having been defamed, harassed, and sexually assaulted are baseless, full of contradictions, and made with mischievous intent.
  3. Report of the Fact Finding Enquiry Officer A.V. Nagarajan (Government of Pondicherry) in the matter of complaints among the residents in Ambabhikshu House and certain other Ashramites dated 10/1/2005. This report concludes (1) that the complaints filed by the Prasad sisters against members of the Ashram residing in the same apartment block were false, malicious and motivated, and that (2) the complaints against the Prasad sisters filed by numerous members of the Ashram and co-residents of said apartment block were true and serious. The report clearly establishes that “the undesirable demeanour of the five sisters [renders] them unsuitable for being inmates of the Ashram.”
  4. News report dated Jan 2005 of the Enquiry conducted by the National Commission for Women (NCW) into the  allegations of sexual harassment made by the Prasad sisters. The NCW did not submit a copy of its report to the Ashram. As this independent news report states, the allegation made by the Prasad sisters are false and there “appears to be malicious planning behind the complaints.”
  5. Enquiry Report of the National Human Right Commission, New Delhi, dated 12/4/2005. Concludes that the complaints filed by Arunashri Prasad  against several members of the Ashram are completely baseless, and that there is no ground for any human rights violation in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
  6. Order of the Madras High Court dated 21/6/2010 ordering the Prasad sisters to find accommodation outside of the Ashram premises.
  7. Second Order of the Madras High Court dated 3/8/2012 ordering the Prasad sisters to find accommodation outside the Ashram premises.
  8. Order of the Supreme Court dated 29/4/2014 ordering the Prasad sisters to vacate their premises and the Ashram by 31st July, 2014. This order was issued after the Prasad sisters had challenged the High Court’s order of August 2012. It is here that the Prasad sisters hired India’s topmost law firm in a final, desperate attempt to win their case. Considering that all along the Prasad sisters had stated that their financial position was weak, someone must have bet heavily on this case against the Ashram. The order shows that the Ashram prevailed.
  9. Affidavits of undertakings dated 7/5/2014, signed by the Prasad sisters, assuring the Courts and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram that they shall vacate their premises in the Ashram by 31st July 2014 as ordered by the Supreme Court.
  10. Order of the Supreme Court dated 9/12/2014 issuing an arrest warrant for the Prasad sisters for their contempt of court, for not having vacated their premises in the Ashram as agreed by them in their sworn affidavit of undertaking.
  11. Letter by the Prasad sisters to the Trustees dated 15/12/2014 threatening to commit suicide. This letter also contains the explicit threat of (1) holding all those people whom they would name in a suicide note responsible for their deaths and (2) causing adverse repercussions forthe Ashram in the event of their deaths.
  12. Ashram Trust’s letter to the Superintendent of Police dated 15/12/2014 informing the Police of the Prasad sisters’ suicide threat and asking the police to take all precautions to protect the sisters from causing harm to themselves and others.
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