May 09, 2017 UK (SUN)
Dear Bhakti Vikas Swami...
I read your most recent article.
Sadly, I fear you just cannot discriminate between a parent's chastisement and pure blatant evil sadism.
Does punching a 5 year old in the face because he wore his dhoti in the bathroom constitute corporal punishment?
Would you be happy to see a child being told to hold his ankles while the teacher whips him on the back with a cane?
Is that acceptable in your eyes?
Somehow I don't remember Srila Prabhupada advocating that.
Would you be concerned if you saw a 7 year old urinating in his dhoti while he waits to be beaten?
Does that and many other factual accounts of pure brutality constitute "corporal punishment that you're ok with?
How about being forced to wear your soiled underwear on your head?
Did Srila Prabhupada give a green light on that?
And that's just the tiny tip of a very dirty ISKCON iceberg.
Have you ever spoken to any of Gauri das's victims?
Have you ever spoken to any of Danudhara's victims?
Have you ever spoken to any of Bhavananda's victims?
Have you ever spoken to any of Sri Galima's victims?
Have you ever spoken to any victim at all…?
Would you like to meet any of them so you can hear their first hand accounts of what they actually experienced?
Have you ever read any of the testimonials of those children who were abused in ISKCON?
even though the ISKCON CPO was set up to monitor abuse within the ISKCON institution... nobody takes it seriously.
Why is that Maharaja?
Why does no one take the ISKCON CPO seriously?
May I suggest it's because the ISKCON leadership know it's only an in-house paper tiger with absolutely no power at all.
Why is it that Gauri das...
even though he has a lifetime restriction on his head from the ISKCON CPO, is now the Managing Director of Bhaktivedanta Manor?
Does that make any sense to you Maharaja?
Does it make any sense that Bhavananda was given a position of prominence within the ISKCON institution even though he also has a CPO history?
As does Bhakti Vidyapurna Swami...
The same Bhakti Vidyapurna "swami" who watches young girls bathe.
Don't you see any discrepancies there...?
Is this the new socially acceptable norm for sannyasa ashram?
Sure... I know what corporal punishment is…
I went to high school in Scotland.
But I never got treated like the children in ISKCON were treated.
I was never sodomised by a teacher...
nor was I forced to eat my own vomit.
Do you think that would be approved by our spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada?
Do YOU approve of such abusive behaviour, Bhakti Vikas Swami?
If the answer is yes, then you're one sick individual.
If you say no, then perhaps you might wish to consider...
Why does the ISKCON leadership constantly undermine their own Child Protection Office?