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Scabs Beneath the Serenity – III

August 19, 2013

We continue to present the information that was made available by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust to Imran Khan, reporter of the TEHELKA magazine and online news portal, before he wrote his story on the Sri Aurobindo Ashram titled ‘Scabs Beneath the Serenity, Scandal in the Ashram.‘ In our previous posts we had presented information on the case of the Prasad sisters and the case of Debaki Rout. In this post we continue looking at some of the allegations of sexual harassment that Imran Khan reported in his article.

Information provided by The Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust that Imran Khan chose to ignore:

The Case of the Complaints of sexual harassment of Patit Paban Ghosh:

One lady-visitor to the Ashram named D. D. [name concealed] of Calcutta complained to the trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in the year 2004 that one inmate of the Ashram named Patit Paban Ghosh had taken advantage of her innocence and had grossly abused the trust that she had reposed in him by taking flippant liberty with her modesty and dignity. The Ashram called for an explanation from the said Patit Paban Ghosh who, instead of giving a proper explanation, launched a counter-blast saying that he was being victimized by the Ashram. Refusing to be intimidated by the delinquent inmate, Sri Aurobindo Ashram appointed an independent Enquiry Officer, a retired District and Sessions Judge, to cause inquiry into the charges framed against Patit Paban Ghosh. Despite being given several opportunities by the Enquiry Officer, Patit Paban Ghosh for reasons best known to him chose not to participate in the Enquiry. In fact he filed a suit in the local Court to injunct the Ashram from even conducting an Enquiry into the complaints against him.

Please find enclosed as Annexure-Query3-C1 the Report dated 9th August 2004 wherein the independent and competent Enquiry Officer has found the delinquent inmate Patit Paban Ghosh of being guilty as charged.

Patit Paban Ghosh had challenged in the Local Court the Enquiry Report and had prayed that the Report be set aside by the Court. His suit numbered as 478 of 2004 on the file of the III Additional District Munsif at Pondicherry was dismissed on 04.07.2011.

It may be relevant to note that in the suit filed by him in the local Court, Patit Paban Ghosh was represented by his Counsel Mr. Cyril Mathias Vincent – the same person who now has been appointed by the Collector as his counsel in the proposed enquiry against the Ashram.

Does Imran Khan agree with Patit Paban Ghosh that the enquiries of sexual abuse filed against him by the Ashram have to be stopped? If Patit Paban Ghosh is innocent, why is he scared of an enquiry? If scabs such as Patit Paban Ghosh have found their way into the Ashram and take advantage of innocent lady-visitors, can the Ashram management be blamed for the irresponsible and delinquent action of an abusive individual?


– The Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram – 

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