A British Hindu temple leader who claims to be a god has been accused of raping four of his young devotees, according to reports.
Rajinder Kalia, 65, is accused in a lawsuit of grooming children as young as 4 while exerting “undue influence” over them at his Baba Balak Nath temple in Coventry, according to court docs obtained by The Times of London.
He allegedly claims to be an “all-powerful, all-seeing and all-knowing” and “an incarnation of God and or the divine,” reads the civil lawsuit filed in London’s High Court last month.
One accuser, identified as Serena, described how from the age of 4 she was told to bow at Kalia’s feet and he would hug and kiss her in “a highly inappropriate fashion,” the UK Times said.
Kalia allegedly used “spiritual justification” to force her into sex when she was in her 20s, saying that sex acts were “a manner of worship of God,” the docs charge.
Another accuser, Sharon, alleged she was molested at 16 and then raped as an adult. She claims she was warned she would be “damned to hell, and horrifically disabled in all future lives” if she did not follow the guru’s orders.
“I think he believes he is God,” Sharon said, according to the outlet. Videos show Kalia wearing a crown and sitting on a “throne” as worshippers kiss his feet, the UK Times said.
The accusations were investigated by West Midlands police, but the case was dropped in 2017 over insufficient evidence, the UK paper said.
Kalia allegedly retaliated by ordering his followers to launch an “onslaught of harassment,” including threats of violence, vandalism and defamation against those who spoke out, according to the report.
One woman’s car tires were slashed while Kalia allegedly “deliberately turned members of her family against,” and another was threatened with acid attacks, the documents claim.
Kalia, through his lawyers, declined to comment, the paper said.