A special CBI court on August 25 convicted Dera Sacha Sauda leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim of raping two former female followers 15 years ago. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Which led to deadly riots in Haryana and adjacent areas that killed dozens of people. The rape convict had earlier appealed to the court to let her adopted daughter Honeypreet to take care of him as she was his physiotherapist and masseuse. He even complained that his whole body ached, but when a team of doctors checked they didn’t find anything wrong with him. He threatened the jail officials to have them suspended if they did not allow her to be with him
Honeypreet was last seen accompanying the Dera chief in the helicopter while he was being taken to Rohtak from Panchkula after he was convicted in the rape cases on August 25. She is said to be the mastermind behind the widespread violence following the conviction that took the life of 41 people. But she curiously disappeared in the wake of violence. The Haryana Police have booked Honeypreet for sedition, instigating violence and plotting a plan to help Ram Rahim escape. A ‘look out’ notice has been issued against Honeypreet.
But even before this she was a popular figure among the sects and her word was seen as that of Gurmeet Ram Rahim himself. The Dera chief is extremely fond of Honeypreet and is also seen as the successor of Ram Rahim at Dera Sacha Sauda. Much like her ‘so-called’ father she too has a controversial past.
Priyanka Taneja’s transformation to Honeypreet
Honeypreet is not the biological daughter of Gurmeet Ram Rahim. She was born as Priyanka Taneja in Haryana’s Fatehabad district. In 1999, she married Vishwas Gupta, the grandson of former Gharaunda MLA Rulia Ram Gupta, a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda and Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Her wedding was attended by Ram Rahim and it was during the ceremony when the Dera chief gave her the name ‘Honeypreet’. Eventually, she became a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda and Ram Rahim.
A decade later, Honeypreet approached Ram Rahim and revealed that her family was torturing her for dowry. Later, in 2009 Ram Rahim took her under wings and adopted her as his third daughter and today she is his most trusted confidante.
Husband moves to court
Honypreet’s husband Vishwas Gupta soon moved to the Punjab and Haryana Court seeking custody of his wife from Singh. After failing attempt he filed a petition claiming that Ram Rahim and Honeypreet are in a relationship. Surprisingly, Vishwas Gupta later withdrew the case and apologised Ram Rahim. Gupta is now said to be looking after a part of Dera Sacha Sauda business.
Honeypreet has over 1.02 million followers on Twitter and lakh of followers on 1,88,000 on Instagram and 5 lakh Facebook page. She also has a website in her name which describes her as philanthropist, editor, actor, and director and introduces her as the ‘equally talented’ daughter of her ‘multi-talented’ father.