SEX FIEND' Cult leader who called himself ‘God on Earth’ sued for £8million by ex-devotees who claim he raped & swindled them

Alleged sex attacker preyed on girls as young as four in decades of 'abuse', court told

The Sun, UK/July 1, 2024

By Holly Christodoulou

A cult leader who branded himself "God on earth" is being sued for £8million after ex-devotees claimed he raped them.

Rajinder Kalia, 68, is accused of preying on four women and girls as young as four while operating at a temple in Coventry.

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He allegedly used Baba Balak Nath, an obscure branch of Hinduism, for his own sinister purposes.

Kalia is now being sued by four of his ex-disciples, who claim their former guru exerted "undue influence" by groping and raping them.

The case at the High Court was told Kalia began his sermons in the UK after he was involved in a motorbike crash as a youth in India.

He "miraculously" managed to walk again following a visit to Himachal Pradesh – an area associated with Hindu god Baba Balak Nath, it was said.

After launching his own temple in 1986, he allegedly began indoctrinating his followers to believe he is “an incarnation of God and or the divine”.

Mark Jones, representing the seven claimants, said: "This is an unusual case, where the claimants allege to have been wholly subject to the charismatic and forceful personality of Mr Kalia over decades.

"He portrayed himself as an incarnation of God through the purported performance of miracles.

"The claimants' ability freely to consent to his demands for financial and sexual benefits was overridden. They were incapable of resisting."

One woman wept as she told the court how she was raped at least 1,320 times over 22 years after joining the church as a single mum.

She claimed Kalia told her his "abhorrent" sexual perversions were "akin to relations enjoyed by Hindu deity Krishna".

Another alleged victim said the leader began abusing her at 13 before taking her virginity aged 21 in a hotel he made her book.

She told the court she was threatened with acid after she went to the police and was later wrongly arrested for child abuse.

Another woman claims she was groped from the age of 13 and also had her virginity taken by Kalia, while a fourth alleges she was inappropriately kissed her from age four.

Others claim they were fleeced into sending Kalia money - including one who paid £5,000 to "cure her dog's cancer".

West Midlands police previously attempted to charge Kalia with criminal offences relating to the alleged sexual abuse.

Prosecutors said there was a "clear and compelling public interest" in doing so but the case was dropped in 2017 due to insufficient evidence.

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