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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)

Oz Hindu priest’s passport impounded in ‘indecent sexual assault’ case

The priest coming out of the Frankston Magistrate court

By our legal reporter

Melbourne, 3 March: A Frankston court, Magistrate today ordered the Sri Lankan passport of a Hindu priest to be impounded and barred him from going near any airport in Australia. He was asked to deposit his passport within 24 hours at the Frankston police station. Premakanthan Rajaratnasarma, a priest at Melbourne’s Sri Shiva Vishnu temple, Carrum Downs is facing alleged Indecent Sexual Assault charges in relation to a woman of Indian origin. The court also granted him bail till March 15 when the case will be heard again.

Earlier, the case came up for’ mentioning’ and the ‘prosecution’ produced a devotee of the temple who gave evidence that there was a chance of the Hindu priest fleeing the country.
Premakanthan Rajaratnamsarma, was arrested last year on May 23 from his residence in the temple complex after complaints by an Indian origin woman of alleged indecent sexual assault. The Sri Lankan priest is working in the temple run by the Hindu Society of Victoria on a work contract.

In Australia, indecent assault is defined by law as any unwanted sexual behaviour or touching which is forced upon people against their will. The meaning of indecency depends upon prevailing views of what is unacceptable behaviour. This might include behaviour such as forcing someone to watch pornography or masturbation.

Each State has provisions which describe the crime of indecent assault, which require proof of an assault. Assault is legally defined as unlawful contact or an apprehension of unlawful contact. Consent is not a defence if the child is under 16.

The charges if proved are punishable by imprisonment.