Sexual Abuse Allegations in the Vrindavana Gurukula
Posted February 21, 2012
Dear Deena Bandhu Prabhu,
I am very sorry for replying so late as I hardly ever check my mail.
During the many years that I was there, there had been may different cases but in relevance to the the time of the new management I was present only during their initial year and a half.
There had been certain child on child cases detected by some of the senior students. I was also witness to two such cases where I had reported them to the concerned teachers. This was mostly found in kids of ages 10-12. But mainly it seems to me that such occurrences are due to the fact that there have been no Child protection training seminars for the children as well as the adults in the past few years i.e. perhaps 2 years or so.
Some of my juniors had also told me that a there is bhramachari in the temple who would often mingle in with the kids a lot and offer them anything they would want from the prasadam stall. He would sometimes try to touch them inappropriately in the mob at the temple while dancing.He had even invited several individuals ranging from the ages of 10-14 to his office alone. Whether something even happened there is not known as some of the kids were too embarrassed to say but some of turned out to be bold enough to walk out when they felt something was wrong.
This is about all I know. A year has passed since I graduated so I haven't heard much from my friends at the gurukula except that some of them are leaving because they find it too taxing for them the way they are expected to have a stringent bhramachari like sadhana and distinct academic excellence to the best levels. Most of them are from non-devotee backgrounds, especially from cities like Delhi and Gurgaon as they are likely the only ones that can easily afford such fees. As it is, they find it very difficult to settle in within the different environment.
This has caused a rotation of almost 50-60 completely new students turning up every year; which is why hardly any of them ever get a taste of what Prabhupada intended to give the children in the Gurukulas.
I guess I have said enough and only hope that things may get better.
Thank You for your concern.
Pls keep me anonymous...thanks
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