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Lokanath’s Lawsuit Against Child Protection Advocates

Since April 2021, Damodara dasa (Australia) and Saraswati dasi (North America) have asked the ISKCON GBC to follow their child protection laws and remove confessed child molester Lokanath “Swami” from leadership within ISKCON.
 

On November 24, 2022, Lokanath’s lawyer Rakesh Taneja sent a Legal Notice to Damodara and Saraswati for “making false imputations” against Lokanath.

On February 23, 2023, Taneja filed a lawsuit on behalf of Lokanath, who signed over power of attorney to his disciple Sanaka Sanatana.

 
Lokanath said that their claim of him being a child abuser is fabricated, and asked for Rs. 2.25 Crores (US$272,272.00). This is despite ample documentation coming from his own ISKCON organization showing he sexually abused a child. (Also, in May 2022, the ISKCON Leadership Sexual Misconduct Office started an investigation of Lokanath raping one of his disciples, a second victim.)
 

154-page document from Lokanath’s lawyer Taneja:

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ISKCON Europe Upholds Ban on Lokanath

ISKCON Europe Upholds Ban on Lokanath

May 19, 2023Euro RGB Statement Regarding Lokanath Swami Status in EuropeHaving received feedback and requests from some members of our European devotee community, the Euro RGB body set forth to review and discuss the previous resolution made regarding Lokanath Swami...

Lokanath Loophole

Lokanath Loophole

 The ISKCON Child Protection Office (CPO) offers a service that when a devotee comes to a temple, that temple can contact the CPO and say “Hey, x is planning to come to our temple. Do they have any CPO restrictions?” And the CPO can respond “X is clear” or “X has a...

ISKCON North America Bans Lokanath

ISKCON North America Bans Lokanath

North American Council NA GBC and Regional LeadersInternational Society for Krishna ConsciousnessFounder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada24 October 2022Statement:As per the recent GBC resolution stating "Lokanath Swami shall not initiate...

ISKCON Europe Upholds Ban on Lokanath

ISKCON Europe Bans Lokanath

Dear European Leaders,Please accept our humble obeisances.All glories to Srila Prabhupada!With this message, we like to inform you about the decision on H.H. Lokanatha Swami that was taken by the Euro RGB during the recent meeting in Radhadesha.Resolution...

Lokanath Loophole

Lokanath’s Admissions of Molesting a Child

These are a dozen confirmed instances between 1993 and 2017 when Lokanath admitted to his sexual abuse of a child.  This is a partial list as there have been other in-person conversations, phone calls, and correspondence where Lokanath talked about his sexual abuse of...

ISKCON North America Bans Lokanath

2022 GBC Resolution: Refraining from Interfering in Investigations

REFRAINING THE GBC FROM INTERVENING IN THE WORK OF VARIOUS ISKCON AGENCIES, OFFICES AND COMMITTEES Approved 20th JULY 2022WHEREAS the GBC Body (“GBC”) has created various ISKCON agencies, offices and committees to which it has delegated authority to deal with abuse of...

ISKCON North America Bans Lokanath

ISKCON Communications Q & A

Questions and Answers Regarding the Decision on Lokanatha SwamiSeptember 7, 2022 Is Lokanath Swami still allowed to initiate disciples?Yes, in those parts of the world that welcome him to do so. North America has already determined he is not welcome to initiate or...

We ask the leadership of the Hare Krishna movement to set a clear and strong precedent for, and priority of, zero tolerance for child abuse – by handing Lokanath Swami’s child molestation case over to the ISKCON Child Protection Office.