Karnataka: Threatened for supporting victim against Sant Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru, demands for protection

Pankaj Prasad
Sant Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru
Sant Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru

The head of the Lingayat Math, Sivamurthy Muruga is facing allegations of sexual harassment.

Karnataka: Supporting the POCSO case filed against Muruga Mutt saint Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, and Stanley, Parashu and Odanadi Sansthan employees in Mysore receiving threatening calls for supporting the victim. According to the report of news agency ANI, the institute has written a letter to the Mysore Police Commissioner seeking protection in this matter.

Math came under controversy after allegations of sexual abuse

Let us tell you that the Muruga Math of Chitradurga, Karnataka has been surrounded by controversies. The head of the Lingayat Math, Sivamurthy Muruga is facing allegations of sexual harassment. Shivamurthy is the special priest of this famous Muruga Math in Chitradurga. He has a special respect in the monastery. However, the Math has come under the scanner after allegations of sexual abuse leveled against him. Shivamurthy is accused of sexually abusing minor girl students in an institution run by the Math. The matter of sexual harassment came to the fore when two minor girl students of the institution had complained to the police. After which the Mysore Police registered an FIR against Shivamurthy Muruga. A case has been registered against Muruga under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses i.e. POSCO Act.

The girl students had approached the NGO

Two girl students studying in this school run by the Math had approached Odanadi Seva Sansthan, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Mysore. This trust works for the rescue, rehabilitation and empowerment of women and children who are victims of trafficking and sexual abuse. The minors narrated the ordeal of the cruelty that happened to them, after which the matter was brought to the notice of the District Child Welfare Committee.