Divine United Organization (DUO), a society
registered in India with similar goals and values to the US organization
Elan Vital Inc. (EVI), has initiated civil action against a former
instructor accused of inappropriate sexual behavior more than twenty-five
The lawsuit, lodged in Indias Sub-Judge
Court, in Patna, charges Jagdeo Upadhaya, a retired instructor of
the former Divine Light Mission, with inappropriate and tortuous
behavior and having breached his duty to the organization.
EVI spokesperson, Linda Gross, said DUO
and other Elan Vital organizations around the world would not tolerate
If Upadhaya did this, then it is a terrible thing for the
victims and a violation of our organizations trust and decency
- values for which we are respected worldwide," she said.
When the first of the alleged victims
came forward in 1999, EVI immediately began inquiries. At the time,
Upadhaya was living in retirement at a DUO ashram in Mehrauli, India.
When confronted with the allegations, he left the ashram and has
not been seen since.
The second alleged victim, claiming to
have been abused by Upadhaya in 1976, contacted EVI in April 2001.
In the absence of any criminal or civil action filed by the
alleged victims, DUO resolved that pursuing Upadhaya through a civil
action was the proper course of action, Ms Gross said.Ends
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