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Self-Styled Godman Booked for Molesting Woman in North Delhi   

The complainant later approached a court, which ordered the police to register a case against the accused.

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A self-styled septuagenarian godman has been booked for allegedly molesting a 45-year-old woman in north Delhi's Sabzi Mandi area, police said on Friday.

Mahant Sundar Das was booked, following a court order on 2 October, for the crime allegedly committed three years ago, they said.

He has been charged with one count of assault or criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty, one count of sexual harassment, and one count of criminal intimidation, Jatin Narwal, deputy commissioner of police (north), said.

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The matter is under investigation.
Jatin Narwal

Das runs an ashram in Sabzi Mandi area, where the victim used to visit along with her family. The woman in her complaint alleged that Das molested her in November 2014, and threatened her against reporting the matter to the police.

When the woman's husband learnt about the matter in May 2017, the family tried to file a complaint at the Roop Nagar police station. But an FIR could be registered due to jurisdictional reasons, the police said.

The complainant later approached a court, which ordered the police to register a case against the accused.

No arrest has been made in the case so far, the police added.

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