Godman of Odisha facing sexual harassment charges in USA

Bhubaneswar: A self-styled godman of Odisha is undergoing trial at a court in the USA for alleged sexual harassment.

The godman identified as Swami Gokulananda, a resident of Kalapathara area of Khurda district, is likely to face maximum 19 years of imprisonment if found guilty. Next hearing of the case is on February 29.

Gokulananda was allegedly harassing women sexually in the name of touch therapy at his health centre ‘Hari Om India Market’ at Santa Clarita in California. He was arrested on May 13 last year by Torrance police and released on bail in July after posting $100,000.

Though several US-based newspapers carried news articles on arrest of Gokulananda, the self-styled godman could not be contacted for comments.