Stop Dhanurdhar Swami from being reinstated in ISKCON
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Dhanurdhar Swami, Denis Winiker, was the head principal of the Vrindavan Gurukula Boys School from 1979 to 1986 and again from 1989 to 1995.
During that time, his violence was extreme and extensive against the boys, breaking bones and spirits of children, instilling terror and trauma into their growing child bodies.
I know boys (who are now men) who have permanent hearing damage from the blows to their heads and eardrums. When their beatings were too visible, he consciously held the boys back from the temple morning programs. When boys reached out for help through letters to their parents, all communications were censored and punished! Within an atmosphere of terror, he forced boys to finish all their food, and if they vomited as a result, they were forced to eat their own vomit from the floor! These are just a few stories that have all been testified to repeatedly!
Within his reign of terror as the head administrator, Dhanurdar maintained teachers who would also beat the children, not simply “corporal punishment”... heavy-handed, angry beatings that have lead to permanent physical and psychological damage. He allowed pedophiles to beat and rape the boys. Negligence of authority doesn’t even come close to covering it!
Most of his victims have spiritual scars that prevent them from returning to this special pilgrimage place of Krishna, due to the life-long trauma inflicted upon them. Until they can return, justice has never been served.
ISKCON Child Protection Team sought extensive testimonials, many of which were not included in the public record of their final ruling to BAN DHANURDHAR from ISKCON, removing him from all positions of authority and leadership. In 2006, he voluntarily chose to leave ISKCON, with his "disciples" and followers.
He is a SELF-APPOINTED GURU who answers to no authority. He continues to make “disciples’ and people continue to give him a platform, even though ISKCON has clearly stated that he should not have this role.
He has sidestepped ISKCON to come to MVT Guesthouse and Restaurant, with the primary purpose of cultivating his followers. He is becoming a very visible fixture in the ISKCON Vrindavan community, recently initiating another batch of "disciples" and conducting programs within MVT residences. MVT should be upholding the lifetime restrictions on him.
2007 GBC Resolution: "Whenever the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection rules that an offense is such as to restrict a person from serving in ISKCON in positions of leadership (including but not limited to offices of GBC, minister, zonal secretary or temple officer), the restriction must include the position of initiating guru. This restriction shall apply to all previous and future decisions of the Central Office of Child Protection."
2018 GBC Resolution: "No person, who has been determined to have engaged in severe maltreatment of children, will be allowed to remain active in a position of authority or trust* within ISKCON, this includes activities such as leading kirtan, giving class, speaking publicly at any ISKCON event or representing ISKCON in official capacities." "*Position of trust or authority include any of the following: 1. Having any position of leadership within ISKCON. 2. Giving class or leading kirtan in the temple or at any ISKCON related program/festival. 3. Having any service that involves contact with children."
He has committed extreme Vaisnava Apharadh, period. He is a symbol of the cancer of child abuse perpetuated in Srila Prabhupad’s movement & anyone who continues to offer him a platform is perpetuating abuse culture, and causing continued pain in the hearts of those who suffered from his violence against children.
NOW! Dhanurdhar wants to be reinstated into ISKCON! The entire GBC: Governing Body Commission Of Srila Prabhupad, are meeting now on this on this topic in Mayapur.
He has never shown remorse and continues to initiate “disciples” and walk around in the sacred saffron robes of a sannyasi, as a representative of Srila Prabhupad, while a number of his victims have committed suicide, others are lost in many ways. We are left with a society that has normalized, minimized and silenced the abuse culture that Dhanurdhar represents.
I urge the MVT Guesthouse & Restaurant & MVT Restaurant to follow existing ISKCON laws that ban him from Srila Prabhupad’s society.
I urge the Governing Body Commission to uphold their existing laws to continue an effort of healing and reparations for those who have suffered.
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