Tag: Carrum Downs

HSV Cultural & Heritage Centre inaugurated

By our community reporter

Melbourne: The Hindu community in Victoria now has a big cultural & heritage centre. The Hindu Society of Victoria’s Cultural & Heritage Centre was inaugurated on 5th May adjacent to the Sri. Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs. The Centre’s stage one started in 2007 has an estimated cost of ten million dollars.

The centre was inaugurated at a glittering program by Hon. Nicholas Kotsiras,MP with leaders and VIPs from both sides of politics present. The gathering was addressed by HSV and political leaders followed by a beautiful cultural program.

The Cultural & Heritage Centre has a big hall for social functions, a library, meditation centre, museum and a canteen. It is situated at 52 Boundary Road, Carrum Downs, Victoria.

Letters on Priest verdict

LETTER-1

Dear Editor

As a member of the Hindu community I feel ashamed and deeply sorry for the conduct of the Hindu priest who has been convicted for the indecent assault on 2 victims.

His behavior is not at all acceptable under the Hindu norms or not even under humanitarian law.
We Hindus migrated in large numbers in early 1980′s formed the Hindu society of Victoria to propagate of our eternal religion and principles through good conduct,non violence(ahimsa) and love .
However the priest’s conduct has been a blackmark in our endeavours .

On behalf of the Hindus in Australia I want to say sorry to the Australian public and pardon us for this one man.

Nava ILANKO
Founder member
Hindu society.
Melbourne

LETTER-2

Dear Editor

Priest Premakanthan Rajaratnasarma from the Shri Shiva Vishu Temple in Carrum Downs has been found guilty of indescent assault on a 23-year-old woman around July 2004, as reported in the True Local news of 7 June 2011.

Ardent members of the Hindu Community, whilst stunned at this allegation, are now amazed at the courts findings. A popular saying amongst Hindus goes “Sirf Upar waleh hi sab saaf dekhta hai”, translated roughly it means that only the good Lord can see the reality clearly…what has transpired is known only to He, the Alleged and the Victim.

The Hindu Society of Victoria’s image would remain untarnished despite all these….

Yogen Laxman
Life Member and Trust Director
HSV Charitable Trust
Melbourne

LETTER-3

Dear Editor

How light can a sentence get for a filthy male that has abused female youth? Whilst sentencing Premakanthan the so-called “Hindu” priest for an 18 month jail sentence (suspended for two years), his supposed health issues and eventual guilty plea (which came after several years of pleading not guilty) were taken into account.
As an Australian born eastern girl, I would like to know why this man’s abuse of power, family history of sexual abuse, the psychological trauma his victims experienced and the horrendous acts of sexual assault were not deeply considered in his sentencing. Surely, if they were considered, he definitely would have had a much harsher outcome. The fact that temple authorities were quick to jump on the “support the priest” bandwagon has discouraged my Hindu friends from frequenting the temple site. Attempts were made to get the victims to drop their case.
This shows that temple authorities acknowledge the priest was wrong for why would attempts be made to someone to get the case hushed up. They had a weak case. Imagine if these vulnerable girls were in need of the cash and actually dropped the case? This vulgar being would still be inviting vulnerable young women to have their “horoscopes checked” and would claim he has a divine gift to cure their problems by sexually molesting them.
These victims could be your own friend, sister, mother or daughter. This draws attention to a greater issue in the modernised Hindu religion. You must beware of those that claim to have magical powers. Spirituality and science go hand in hand. What cannot be validated scientifically, logically or through your conscience is clearly something to be avoided. Listen to your instincts and common sense.
The so-called caste superiority as an excuse to abuse others is a groundless claim for power and in western terms it is simply racism and hegemony. All humans are equal.
AAS
Clayton
(Slightly edited)

Hindu priest gets 2 yrs suspended sentence for indecent assaults on two women, could be deported

By our legal reporter

Melbourne: A former Hindu priest of the Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple, Carrum Downs faces deportation to Sri Lanka after being convicted of indecent assault by Magistrate Ross Betts of the Frankston Magistrate Court.
The verdict came after many court hearings, indignation in the community and attempts to reach an out of court settlement failed. The priest does not work in the Shiva Vishnu Temple anymore and was last rumoured to be working outside Melbourne.
A report in the Frankston Standard Leader (June 6, 2011) Says: “ Premakanthan Rajaratnamsarma,64, was a priest at the Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple, Carrum Downs, when he was approached by a 23 year old venerable and struggling woman for prayer and blessings from a priest.”
“Leading Sen-Constable Bronwyn Martin said Rajaratnasarma invited the woman to his unit on the temple grounds.”
‘‘The defendant then did the victim’s horoscope and took her to a different part of the house where he began blessing her with prayer powder,’’ Sen-Constable Martin told the court.
“During the blessing he indecently t ouched t he woman’s groin, breasts and buttocks. The court heard a second woman complained to police after he did the same to her in April, 2009.”
‘‘The defendant approached the 28-year-old victim . . . and, on finding out she wasn’t having much success in her life, invited her to see her horoscope,’’ Sen-Constable Martin said. After indecently assaulting her in his unit, he tried to kiss her”’ the report says.
‘‘The victim was shocked and became visibly upset and couldn’t stop crying. She felt dirty and violated,’’ the court heard.
According to the report,Magistrate Ross Betts described Rajaratnasarma’s actions as a ‘‘serious betrayal of trust’’.
Premakanthan Rajaratnamsarma’s defence lawyer Mary Baczynski told the court her client had lost his job and his home since being charged. ‘‘He was granted refugee residency and now has permanency status, but this could be in jeopardy now and he could be deported,’’ she said.
After taking into account health issues and the guilty plea, Magistrate Ross Betts sentenced him to 18 months’ jail, wholly suspended for two years.