MOTHER DENIES THAT RAPE CLAIM IS FALSE BY COURT STAFF 16:30 - 07 December 2002
A mother who says she was raped by a Hindu guru has denied falsely accusing him after he refused her permission to leave her husband.
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The alleged victim insisted she was "shocked and scared" when Gulabnath Balaknath forced himself on her in her Leicester home.
Balaknath is said to have attacked the woman while visiting England from India to pbutt on his religious teachings.
His visits are traditionally viewed as a great honour by the families he lodged with while here, Leicester Crown Court was told.
The 71-year-old is alleged to have raped the woman, who is in her 40s, during a trip to the city in May this year. He is also accused of indecently buttaulting a 13-year-old girl while visiting a family in Milton Keynes in April last year.
Balaknath denies both charges and claims the woman made up the allegation against him after he gave her advice she did not like.
He says he threatened to tell her husband that she had asked him to excuse her from her vows so she could be with another man.
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Under cross-examination, the woman denied the suggestion and insisted she had been raped while her husband and children slept nearby.
Testifying from behind a screen and through an interpreter, she said: "It did happened - he did rape me. I was shocked and scared."
The court has heard both alleged victims at first failed to report Balaknath, head of the Nath sect, because of his high standing.
When each heard about the other's ordeal they finally decided to report the alleged incidents to the police, the jury was told.
Recalling her daughter's ordeal, the mother of the 13-year-old alleged victim said Balaknath had touched the teenager "in a woman's secret places".
She added: "She asked him 'Can you do this, as a guru?' He replied 'I should not have done that.' She was shocked. She was crying."
The trial continues.