Timeline of events relating to Lokanath’s child molestation case, and decades-long coverup by ISKCON’s highest leadership: the Governing Body Commission.
New Jersey, Lokanath’s Child molestation
Lokanath stayed with a family in NJ and molested their youngest child Satya several times over a week (during that week, Satya told her mom about the abuse).
Satya’s brother-in-law told GBC member Mukunda Swami about the abuse.
Instead of reporting abuse to law enforcement, per the GBC’s own Resolutions, the GBC appointed a 7-person subcommittee to investigate Lokanath’s abuse.
Ravindra Svarupa pushed the victim for assurances that she would not report the abuse to law enforcement.
Lokanath resumed initiating, after 2.5 year suspension (at this point he had about 400 disciples, he went on to initiate another 5,000 disciples between 1996-2021).
Formation of Child Protection Office (CPO)
ISKCON formed Child Protection Office (CPO) to handle child abuse
Satya made compelling public statements re-asserting she was abused by Lokanath
Lokanath wrote admission letter in which he stated, “I sexually abused her.”
GBC secretly placed restrictions
GBC secretly placed restrictions on Lokanath, prohibiting him from initiating outside of India
GBC secretly lifts
GBC secretly lifted restrictions that had been placed on Lokanath.
CPO significantly defunded, from $150,000 (1998) to $10,000 (2021)
April 15, 2021
Confidential documents of Lokanth’s child abuse were shared on Facebook which started an international discussion in the Hare Krishna community.
May 12, 2021
GBC changed its mind
GBC suspended Lokanath pending a CPO investigation, then secretly changed its mind 5 days later with no explanation.
July 14, 2021
GBC cuts out CPO
GBC set up its own panel, cutting out the CPO, to look at Lokanath’s child abuse case to determine if the CPO should handle it (panel was supposed to meet for 60 days).
To date – this is the only child abuse case that the GBC has repeatedly blocked the CPO from handling.
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