This Article is From Dec 23, 2014

Eviction From Ashram, Suicide Attempt, and Then Alleged Rape

Eviction From Ashram, Suicide Attempt, and Then Alleged Rape

The Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry

Puducherry: Hours after she jumped into the sea with her four sisters and her parents, a young woman in Puducherry was allegedly raped.

Late last week, a family from Bihar decided to commit suicide together. The five sisters had been evicted from the famous Aurobindo Ashram, where they had live for over a decade before accusing the management of sexual misconduct. Early in December, the Supreme Court ruled against them and said they would have to leave the hermitage's residential quarters. One of the sisters climbed up to the water tank and threatened to jump to her death. She was coaxed into changing her mind by the police. (Read: Family Evicted From Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry Attempts Suicide, 3 Dead)

The next morning, the sisters and their parents, who lived in the town, plunged into the sea. Two women and their mother died. The father and three of his daughters were rescued by fishermen and hospitalized.

One of them says she was raped while she lay on the beach after being left there by the fishermen who had saved her life.

Two men have now been arrested for the alleged assault.

"We are awaiting the medical report. We have also gathered other evidence," said senior police officer Praveen Ranjan Kumar who is handling the case.