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Sathya Sai Baba: Sex Abuse Cover-up and denial attempts

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Letters written by Dr. John Hislop to top leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization in the USA in 1980-1 which aimed to cover over serious matters involving duty of care and mandatory reporting refer to testimony sent to him by the mother of an American boy, Terry Lee Scott, who explained how he and some friends had been sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba while attending his college in Prashanthi Nilayam.

Terry Scott ceased studying at the Sai College in Puttaparthi in 1980 after telling how he was sexually molested by Sathya Sai Baba. The Sai authorities reported that he was “expelled in disgrace” and this followed directly upon his making his allegations. The original of the letter by Mrs. Payne (nee Diana Scott) to Hislop was sent as a copy to the top Sai Org. leaders. Further, however, a former Malaysian leader in the Sai movement there – a Mr. Jayaram who left the Sai Organisation – has assured me that this young man’s report of being sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba caused a furore and resulted in hate mail to him. Terry Scott had told his experiences in Sai meetings in California at the time, Mr. Jayaram investigated matters at the time and became an ex-devotee as a result and has informed me in detail of his discoveries. For example, he wrote to me: “An American boy, Terry Scott, who was a contemporary of these Malaysian students, left the Sai College together with the rest of the Malaysians.” Since the Malaysian students who were molested by Sai Baba wished to move on, their testimonies were not made public by name.

In a mail (1 July 2001) Glen Meloy wrote about Mrs. Payne, who he knew:
“Terrence Payne is the ex husband of Diana, and whose son was the first western student in his college. That boy was asked by Baba to perform oral sex and his mother caused quite a stir back in the 80s when Hislop was in charge. That is part of the scenario involving Hislop confronting baba about his alleged homosexuality etc. You might want to reread Diana’s letter that was posted.” (Originally posted at http://www.myfreeoffice.com/saibabaexposed – web site now extinct))

Mrs. Payne could not pursue the matter legally in India where the local police (Puttaparthi) are completely in league with the Sai Baba ashram authorities, as a CBI investigation proved in 1993 when the police destroyed murder evidence and concocted a totally untrue account of events. Further a large section of the judiciary is under the thumb of Sathya Sai Baba, who has dozens of judges from the High Court and Supreme Court as his foot-kissing devotees! The first top Supreme Court judge, Bhagwati, has been a director on the Sathya Sai Central Trust for decades. Add to that how Sai Baba was protected from prosecution in the 1993 cold-blooded murders incidents by the Home Minister S.B. Chavan who stopped the CBI investigation in its tracks – and how he was defended in writing but without a shred of investigatory evidence by the Prime Minister Vajpayee and the Supreme Court judge Bhagwati (also long-standing devotees) and one can see how extremely unlikely it is that any sexual abuse victims to pursue justice in this connection. The justice system in India is widely famed for being under all criticism for delays of years and decades, where often only money or connections can ensure cases get into court before the death of the parties involved, if then.

It was not possible to lodge an indictment against Sathya Sai Baba in the USA, for a judge disallowed this in the Alaya Rahm court case on the first day. Nor could the Sathya Sai Organization be sued in the USA, it transpired, because it was not a responsible registered body legally. It had as its front a bookshop hosting a charitable trust, the Sathya Sai Society, which did not represent the organization or its officials. Alaya Rahm’s attempt to get a legal decision had to be dismissed by Alaya `Rahm without any hope of it coming to judgement. (See here)

Having survived the lawsuit, Dr. Michael Goldstein sent out a secret directive to all national Sathya Sai Organizations to ensure they were registered and legally accountable (though this has not yet been adequately done). See here.

This fact was distorted in every possible way by the front-line defender of Sai Baba and his organization etc., Gerald Moreno tries his utmost to cast doubt on the result of the court case, fondly imagining it somehow vindicated Sathya Sai Baba himself, which is a gross travesty of the facts, since no judgement naming Sathya Sai Baba was given. The litigant, as said, dismissed the case. Moreno has written at least tens of thousands of words on the Internet about this matter, almost none of which have held up to any reasonable scrutiny. He continues this as part of his massive rampage against all the many accusers and critics of Sathya Sai Baba (and, most notably, without correction by Sai Baba or his organization despite open letters about him to them). He accuses most of them of lying outright about everything negative! The unreasonability of people wanting to do this – people who were spiritually and highly value-oriented for years beforehand! Moreno is in deep denial of every single fact negative to Sathya Sai Baba or about anyone who supports him. This is no doubt partly due to his personal experience of being oiled on the lower stomach in private interview by Sai Baba… an incident which Moreno admitted on his website that he could not understand at all. That is it a known form of ‘grooming’ for sexual relations – and that Sai Baba has reportedly used it countless times, often with success – is rejected with fury by Moreno, whose full-time activities for years have been solely directed towards attacking and libeling hundreds of persons who have left Sathya Sai Baba. Moreno takes his revenge on anyone he so desires who thwarts his agenda – a sheer outrageous defense of the indefensible.

Gerald Moreno sustains his futile on-line denials of the authenticity of the Hislop letters and their substance This, even though he was totally rebutted in his web campaign to prove that the Hislop letters were fake by Timothy Conway’s affidavit confirming their existence in scans and the accuracy of transcripts of them. He has attacked Mrs. Payne (Diana Scott) for not replying to his e-mail to her! What brazen insolence… for she no doubt knew from reading his publication of many e-mails he sent and received to testifiers to Sai Baba sex abuse how he uses their replies to twist the facts, to vilify them and call them liars and yet worse. He cast his perennial suspicions on whether Terry Lee Scott was actually sexually abused, as he has done in heartless and insulting attacks on every single person who has testified to sexual abuse– including at least 20 instances by self-identified persons. Moreno points out that the Sai College authorities dismissed Terry Scott “in disgrace” as if this were for some other fact than his having accused Sai Baba of sexual impropriety towards himself and his friends. The supposed ‘disgrace’ was the reaction of Sai Baba’s corrupt henchmen because he even dared to speak up… for it is strictly verboten to make the slightest criticism of the one they all worship as the one God Incarnate on earth today. The consequences for this mini-empire would have been directly disastrous, as they are subsequently proving to be in a more gradual way due to the further major exposure of so many allegations of all kinds.

Dr. John Hislop – whose entire prestige was invested in his books about the miracles of ‘Bhagavan’ Sri Sathya Sai Baba and his own role as the most prominent Western devotee – made a prejudiced attempt to persuade his directors – and thereby the followers they would inform and influence – that there is no truth in the allegations. This was based exclusively on the accused perpetrator’s own denial and the opinions of sworn devotees of his and it did not involve the merest independent investigation or any examination of existing supporting evidence or of persons who had informed him of being sexually abused themselves! Further, Dr. John Hislop had been informed about Sai Baba being a sexual abuser long before Mrs. Payne wrote to him. He had been told by Conny Larsson, as you can read in detail here.

The authoritarian cover-up under Hislop’s leadership created a strong precedent for future Sathya Sai Organization leaders, for the same applies now, especially to those already involved in the Hislop cover-up in 1981. One such is the overall Sathya Sai Organization world leader, Dr Michael Goldstein, whose unaccountability the BBC definitively revealed by using a hidden camera to get his to reveal his actual views in 2003. See transcript and video clip links

See also Alaya Rahm’s own statements about the very gross sexual abuses he tells he was subjected to by someone he had been taught to revere as God On Earth since childhood!  What a brave young man!