Established in Pondicherry by Sri Aurobindo on 24 November 1926, the Aurobindo Ashram turned into a villain to a family of seven in less than a century.
A 2002 case involving the Ashram and the five sisters in a long-drawn legal battle ended on Dec. 9 with a Supreme Court direction to get the sisters thrown out within 7 days from the Ambabhikshu House.
The five hapless sisters had submitted a joint letter to the Trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram on December 15 that they would end their lives if forced to leave.
The police did what the apaex court directed and the sisters were promptly evicted on Wednesday and relocated in their parent’s house in the Boulevard area. Sonn, the family walked towards the sea and drowned, or forcibly evicted themselves from the world.
The dead were identified as the siblings Arunashree (50) and Rajashree (45) and their mother Shanthi Devi (65), while Shanthi Devi’s husband Gadhadhar Prasad (70) and three other sisters Jayashree Prasad (54), Nivedita Prasad (42) and Hemalata Prasad (40) were saved from drowning by fishermen.
What followed was one of legal vs ethical debate and M.Elango of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam alleged that Ashram was engaged in irregularities and was responsible for the deaths of its members, demanding probe into the operations of the Ashram.
(With inputs from IANS)