The relentless persecution of Hindu minorities is a cause of great concern. UN Human Rights Commission has accepted the report submitted by the Kailasa Union on the persecution of Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, and his followers, who belong to the Adi Shaivite Minority Tradition (ASMT). More specifically, the crimes of sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse of innocent minority girls and their culture and traditions by militant groups has been recognized by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
The report gives a summary of crimes of discrimination, persecution and targeting of Hindu minority women, including under-age girls, by extremist groups who identify as casteist, anti-LGBTQ and who do not respect the original Hindu ideals and culture of respecting women as “Devi” or Divine Goddess.
Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam has initiated women from marginalized communities into sannyas, called “Dalits” in India, and included LGBTQ individuals in all Hindu rituals and sannyas initiation as well. He has been proactive in building an inclusive community for Hindus from under-represented backgrounds to advance in spiritual growth and practice of Hindu culture as per Shiva Agamas and other ancient scriptures. This has drawn the ire and hate of self-styled “activists” who are actually extremists, who do not want the original Adi Shaiva tradition to be revived in its full glory.
Young girls from the ASMT have been harassed, with morphed videos and photos of them in sexually compromised way, to defame them and discredit the community. But the attacks have not been limited to social media porn. Women sannyasis of Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam’s organization had to face rape attempts on them, within their own campus. Property of the Adheenam was set ablaze and women were sexually harassed and physically attacked (2010). The “media” who arrived on the campus–which is private property–filmed these attacks and exploited the footage with the intention to blackmail the sannyasis! They harassed the women sannyasis and tried to blackmail them into silence by threatening to publish the footage of them being sexually assaulted on social media.
These are not just crimes of discrimination but crimes of sexual harassment, assault and brazen attempts to silence the victims by illegal means.
Many FIRs and harassment cases have been filed by the women sannyasis of Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam’s organization in courts, but none of the cases have been heard till today. Some cases have been pending for a decade.
The recognition by United Nations Human Rights is a welcome step considering this gross miscarriage of justice. Since no justice is to be found as yet within the legal framework of India, it only makes sense for United Nations to step forward and recognize the place of Hindu minorities in the world, and uphold their human rights.
Last modified: June 27, 2021