Judge conducts probe in Isha Yoga premises, report in HC today

Judge conducts probe in Isha Yoga premises, report in HC today

Following a direction by the Madras High Court, the Principal District Judge, Coimbatore, visit the premises of Isha Yoga Centre on Wednesday and  conducted an inquiry with the inmates about their willingness to stay there. A report is being submitted in the HC today.

A three-member team, headed by the principal district judge, R Pongiappan on Wednesday held an inquiry and recorded statements of the two women inmates of the Isha Yoga Centre.

A division bench comprising justices S Nagamuthu and V Bharathidasan gave the direction on the Habeas Corpus petition filed by parents of two women living in the premises of Isha yoga centre, 27 kms from Coimbatore.

According to the petitioner, her daughters, Geetha (34) and Latha (31), who now go by the names ‘Maa Mathi’ and ‘Maa Mayu’, were forced to stay in the yoga centre against their will.

Geetha was an former employee of Sheffield Hallam University, England. After her marriage broke up in 2008, she started attending yoga classes organised by Isha Foundation.

The father of the women, who is a a retired professor, complained to authorities that his two daughters were detained on the Isha Foundation premises, their heads had been tonsured and they had been made to wear robes meant for sages. They were not allowed to meet their parents, the father complained.

Meanwhile, in the second such complaint against the Isha Yoga centre in Coimbatore this month, a woman on Monday alleged that her engineer son had been “brainwashed” by it to become a sanyasi and sought government help to rescue him. In a petition to District Collector T N Hariharan, Tamil Selvi of Tuticorin claimed that her son Ramesh alias Balaguru was working as an engineer in Singapore and would attend yoga sessions there.

A few months ago, he returned from Singapore and straightaway went to the Isha Yoga Centre with his head tonsured and became a sanyasi, she alleged.