Thursday, July 29, 2010

In the news: Spiritual guru jailed for rape, claims he was raised in India

A cult leader who promised to improve fertility with his organic manhood has been charged with the rape and sexual assault of two of his disciples. Michael Lyons, who had introduced himself as Mohan Singh in order to seem Indian, was guru to about 30 people, most of whom were young blondes with freckles; the blondes were required to recruit more women-in-their-twenties to join the cult and give excessive donations to Singh.

Singh, who was born in Jamaica before moving to London, drove a red Bentley and wore red robes trimmed with gold. Most of the women in his cult, including the 11 that testified against him at his trial, were aspiring film actresses. Singh seduced them with claims that he knew Steven Seagal, the Dalai Lama, and Queen Elizabeth II.

Singh was known to give new girls vegetarian dinners, massages, acupuncture, spiritual encouragement, and drinks that caused drowsiness and lethargy and in some cases, temporary amnesia.

His jail sentence is seven years for rape and three years for sexual assault to run consecutively.

This past February, spiritual guru Anand Krishna was charged with sexual harassment of a 19-year-old female follower. She was able to regain memory of the supposed molestation through hypnotherapy. Anand Krishna's trial is set to begin in Jakarta next month.

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