Malad Police on Thursday, April 20, arrested Sunil Kulkarni, founder of Shifu Sunkriti cult group, in connection with human trafficking and obscenity on social media. Kulkarni has been booked under various IPC sections including 370 (trafficking of person), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 420 (cheating), 292 (sale of obscene books) and also under IT Act sections 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form and 67 (a) (publishing or transmitting in the electronic form any materiel which contains sexually explicit act or conduct).
Here’s everything you need to know about, Shifu Sunkriti and the man behind it all, Sunil Kulkarni.
What is Shifu Sunkriti?
The group Shifu Sunkriti, founded by Sunil Kulkarni, has been accused of hypnotising, sexually assaulting and providing drugs to young women in the age group 18-25 and luring them into prostitution. To publicise the ideas he has created Facebook, Instagram, Twitter accounts through which he trains people on ‘neuroplasticity resilience’. A look at its social media accounts gives a clear idea what Shifu Sunkriti is. The accounts are literally a repository of hallucinatory images and information.
“I am mystic who will touch your inner animal, show its extreme and then drag you to your Soul Nature by getting emotionally naked and connecting to your brain and neural capacity” reads the homepage of Shifu Sunkriti’s website.
“The Mystic of Soul-Making. Connecting People to Their Brain and Neural Capacity for Harmony. Search the Animal Within You and get Emotionally Naked” reads the group’s Instagram’s introduction.
“I am mystic who will touch your inner animal, show its extreme and then drag you to your Soul Nature” reads the group’s Facebook introduction.
In a recent interview Sunil Kulkarni was quoted saying, “I trained people on neuroplasticity resilience, it is a total connect of a brain to the body through the spinal cord through the electrical energy through the endocrinal glands that is basically the chemical energy. When all this is brought together, we get connected to ourselves. To do that, you have to physically get naked before yourself and then look at your body, get friendly with your body, then you actually get emotionally naked. You should have that courage.”
In an interview to a daily while before his arrest, he was asked about the cult group to which he replied, ” Shifu Sunkriti is not an organisation. It is my mystic name. Shifu means master, Sunkriti means Sun (reason) + Prakriti.”
The group conducts workshop and talk shows on regular basis that features sex education and obscene movies. The address of the events are always kept secret with only being provided to those who have registered for the events through e-mail address provided in the invite.
The concept of neuroplasticity is ‘the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.’ But it is nowhere close to what the description in the post suggests. In the details of the workshop, it mentions the address of the centre as Bandra but yields no concreted address when traced.
The images used in the posts are obscene and disturbing at the same time. Most of the pictures are sourced from Google and are posted with captions/quotes on sex, romance, relationship, soul, brain or mental health. Also the descriptions in the post are nothing but a regular usage of psychological or scientific words used in a illogical way just to attract the reader.
Apart from the mentioned topics, it also deal with delicate topics such as women empowerment and violence against women that are also presented in a disturbing way.
About the case
‘Shifu Sunkriti’ came into limelight after Malad-based couple filed a petition against Sunil Kulkarni and his cult Shifu Sunkruti claiming that their daughters had fallen prey to the cult. Kulkarni who claims to be psychologist and doctors captures mind of young girls and lure them into prostitution. He also has a case of sexual assault against him. In January 2017, the girl left their parents home to live with Kulkarni and accused their parents for domestic violence and confinement. While Kulkarni claims that the girls want to stay an independent life as their parents confined them and he is just helping the girls in what they want. In a hearing on April 20, the High Court dismissed the siblings statement that they left by their own choice and not by pressure, by stating that it is clear that the girls had been brainwashed by Kulkarni.