Violent ex-Prashanthi ashram official on the run
Posted by robertpriddy on February 8, 2014
Yet another violent incident by a former servitor in the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram administration, Sai Rohit Srivastava, is on the run from police after he evidently seriously assaulted an American lady, Amber Marie Switzer, as reported by The Bangalore Mirror. Ms. Switzer from San Francisco had since last December been visiting Prashanthi Nilayam (i.e. meaning “The Abode of Supreme Peace”!!) for self-discovery by meditating there. Two days after arrival she moved into the apartment of Rohit (then allegedly a trainee pilot) at Sai Turiya building, Puttaparthi, and later to his flat in Jakkasandra, Bangalore. She claimed he beat her up on January 31 (read the entire story by clicking on the Bangalore Mirror image to enlarge it).
The former long-term resident at Prashanthi Nilayam, Eileen Weed (‘Divya’) informed me of this and wrote:-
Anyone wanting to use Puttaparthi as a spiritual center should be warned! Even my friend, who stayed on after sb’s death, complained about strange men following her around in the ashram and harassing her. She told head Seva Dals but they paid no heed to her complaints. There are people all over, waiting to take advantage of innocent spiritual aspirants. Now that business is low, they will be even more eager to grab opportunities as they see them.
I am sure there is more to this story, and I suspect the woman has parted with quite a bit of money to her new abusive ‘boyfriend’. The Sai Turiya Apartments are huge and luxurious – I would not be surprised if the fellow regularly takes advantage of women. It is good that it was reported to the police, but what is a spiritual aspirant doing moving in with some Indian guy after only two days anyway? See the article http://www.bangaloremirror.com/bangalore/crime/Drunken-man-allegedly-beat-up-American-girl/articleshow/29868151.cms