What some spiritual leaders do these days will leave you wondering about the true role of spirituality in the affairs of life.

A controversial self-styled spiritualist is facing trial in India for forcing over 400 of his followers to undergo castration.

This castration is meant to make them get closer to God.

He was charged by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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“The charge sheet against 50-year-old Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was filed by CBI in a special court on Thursday,” a senior police official said Friday.

Xinhua reports that the charge sheet was filed by the CBI nearly three years after the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered an investigation by the country’s premier probe agency into allegations of forced castration against the spiritual guru levelled by one of his former followers.

The petitioner had claimed that Singh forced over 400 followers to undergo castration at a hospital in his sect’s headquarters in the northern state of Haryana to “get closer to God.”

Singh is the head of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, which claims to have 60 million followers around the world.

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He is currently serving 20 years in jail for raping two women devotees in Haryana.

Singh is also facing trial in two murder cases.

If convicted, he could get a maximum of death penalty.

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