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Child Protection decision on Vaisnava and Hunkara
By Ijya dasa

Here are copies of the Official Decisions in the cases of Vaisnava dasa (from Peru) and Hunkara dasa (Humberto Colonia), issued by the Child Protection Office. There is also a copy of the Addendum to the Official Decision in the case of Hunkara dasa. We are sending you these decisions so that you are informed and can enforce them in your areas of responsibility. Please contact the Child Protection Office if you have any comments, questions, or concerns about these decisions. Thank you for your cooperation. Hare Krsna.

Your servant, Ijya dasa

ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection P.O. Box 1438 Alachua, Florida 32616-1438 Tel: 904-418-0882 FAX: 904-418-0982 email: dgovinda@aol.com, Ijyadasa@aol.com

Official Decision: Vaisnava dasa, Peru

This judgment, decided on August 5, 1999, was rendered in accordance with the guidelines for adjudicating cases of alleged child abuse established by the ISKCON Child Protection Task Force Report and ratified by the ISKCON Governing Body Commission. This judgment is the official decision of the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (ICOCP) on the child abuse case of Vaisnava dasa, who is an initiated disciple of Trivikrama Maharaja and who has served in South America (Peru) in the 1990s.

Vaisnava dasa has admitted to sexually molesting a boy, age 9 or 10 years old, while working as an assistant to the principle in a gurukula/asrama in Peru. The ICOCP has determined that, as a result of Vaisnava dasa’s acts of child molestation, he should not visit ISKCON property or attend ISKCON functions, including activities such as ratha-yatra and harinama. Also, he should not perform service for ISKCON or ISKCON affiliates in any capacity. This ban will remain in effect until:

1) Vaisnava dasa submits to the ICOCP an apology letter to the victim, expressing responsibility and appropriate remorse for his acts of child sexual abuse.

2) Vaisnava dasa undergoes a psychological evaluation conducted by a mental health professional who is pre-approved by the ICOCP.

3) Vaisnava dasa establishes a restitution fund for the victim. Towards this goal, he should send at least $50 per month to ICOCP. If he considers it difficult to send this amount, then he should contact ICOCP to negotiate an adjusted amount.

The ICOCP has made all reasonable attempts to locate and contact Vaisnava dasa in order to give him full opportunity to respond to the accusations against him. The ICOCP has not succeeded in locating and obtaining a response from Vaisnava dasa. This Office has received a verbal report from Daru Krsna dasa stating that Vaisnava dasa admitted to Daru Krsna dasa that he, Vaisnava, sexually molested the boy. The molestation did not include penetration. Full documentation of this case is with the ICOCP.

If and when Vaisnava dasa complies with the three stipulations listed above, then this adjudicatory panel will reconsider his relationship with ISKCON, including points such as visiting temples and rendering services.

According to the ISKCON Child Protection Task Force Report, Section 5, in cases where an allegation(s) of child abuse are determined to be valid, the accused may appeal the Official Decision to the GBC Executive Committee and the ISKCON Minister of Justice within six months of the date of the Official Decision. The Official Decision described in this document is effective immediately, and the perpetrator must abide by its guidelines during the appeal process, should he choose to appeal this decision.

Judges serving on this case were: Ballavhi dasi, Mathuresa dasa, Nanda dasi. The Case Manager for this case was Dhira Govinda dasa. The Director of ICOCP at the time of this Official Decision was Dhira Govinda dasa.

Official Decision: Hunkara dasa (Humberto Colonia)

This judgment, decided on December 31, 1998, was rendered in accordance with the guidelines for adjudicating cases of child abuse established by the ISKCON Child Protection Task Force Report, ratified by the ISKCON Governing Body Commission. This judgment is the official decision of the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (ICOCP) on the child abuse case of Hunkara dasa (Humberto Colonia).

On February 6, 1999, Hunkara dasa admitted to the Director of the ICOCP that in 1976 on three or four occasions he masturbated a boy in Vrndavana. He estimates that the boy was about 16 years old. Hunkara also stated that in 1979 in Columbia he engaged in the same sort of sexual relations in the ISKCON temple in Columbia with a boy who was 16 or 17 years old. Hunkara reports that he is 56 years old and was born in Columbia.

Based on the above testimony from Hunkara, as well as reports from several devotees regarding the above mentioned incidents in 1976 in Vrndavana, the ICOCP has determined that, as a result of Hunkara dasa's acts of child sexual molestation:

Hunkara dasa should have no connection with the functions of any ISKCON organization, nor should he visit ISKCON property, until he is psychologically assessed by a mental health professional approved by ICOCP. This psychological assessment should focus on Hunkara's potential danger to minors.

If the psychological assessment is sufficiently favorable to Hunkara with regard to the risk he poses to children (e.g., no risk or very low risk), then Hunkara may visit ISKCON centers and perform service for ISKCON under the following conditions:

1) He should not reside or stay overnight on ISKCON property or the property of an ISKCON affiliate.

2) Hunkara dasa must show this document to the temple president or project manager of any temple or project that Hunkara visits. That is, the authority of the temple or project must be fully informed of the contents of this decision before Hunkara is allowed to visit or perform service at a temple.

3) Hunkara must not have contact with minors. His service should have no connection with children (under 18). Additionally, the temple president or project manager must take full responsibility for assuring that when Hunkara visits ISKCON property he will have no access to minors.

4) If any of Hunkara's abuse victims attend a function at an ISKCON temple, Hunkara must leave the premises, unless he has obtained uncoerced, written permission from the victim. Hunkara should not reside in the same community as any of his former abuse victims unless he has obtained written permission from them. He should not pressure or attempt to force them to provide such permission.

5) Hunkara should not lead kirtana or give class on Krsna conscious philosophy on ISKCON property or at an ISKCON function.

6) Hunkara should avoid close association with minors in or out of ISKCON.

7) Depending on the results of the psychological evaluation, ICOCP may require Hunkara to receive therapy. If so, Hunkara must fully cooperate with ICOCP in this regard in order to be able to have any connection with ISKCON.

8) Hunkara dasa cannot hold any positions in ISKCON.

9) If Hunkara violates the dictates of this Official Decision, then he can have no association with ISKCON temples or projects until his case is reviewed by ICOCP.

These judgments constitute the minimum restrictions that an ISKCON organization may place on Hunkara dasa. Any specific ISKCON organization may choose to invoke more stringent restrictions.

According to the ISKCON Child Protection Task Force Report, Section 5, in cases where an allegation(s) of child abuse are determined to be valid, the accused may appeal the Official Decision to the GBC Executive Committee and the ISKCON Minister of Justice. The Official Decision described in this document is effective immediately, and the perpetrator must abide by its guidelines during the appeal process, should he choose to appeal this decision.

Judges serving on this case were: Sandamani dasi, Bhusaya dasa, and Saudamani dasi. The Case Manager for this case was Dhira Govinda dasa. The Director of ICOCP at the time of this decision was Dhira Govinda dasa. 

Addendum to the Official Decision on the case of Hunkara dasa (Humberto Colonia).

Hunkara has submitted to a forensic psychological evaluation, which is on file with the ICOCP. Excerpts from the Conclusions section of the evaluation include “Mr. Colonia does appear to suffer from significant emotional difficulties. Although the results of this evaluation were not such that Mr. Colonia could be adequately diagnosed, he does demonstrate several schizotypal personality traits. His thinking, at times, is rather idiosyncratic. Tests demonstrated that he tends to be uncomfortable in heterosexual relationships and has poor sexual adjustment. Mr. Colonia tends to be self-centered and infantile in expectations of others and becomes resentful and hostile when his demands are not met...Mr. Colonia acknowledges a homosexual orientation, which at least in the past, has been directed towards adolescents. Mr. Colonia defined adolescents as individuals 12 and over...At least in the past, masturbatory fantasies were also toward adolescents, indicating deviant arousal patterns at least at that point in his life...Overall, Mr. Colonia is considered to be a moderate risk for engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior with adolescents in the future...”

While this panel acknowledges that Hunkara is trying to overcome his lust by his spiritual practices, we have concluded that he is a danger to adolescent boys. Specifically, we believe that Hunkara may direct his homosexual propensities towards adolescent boys. Therefore, it is imperative that temple authorities have read the Official Decision and the Addendum to the Official Decision on Hunkara’s case before Hunkara is allowed to visit any ISKCON temple, project or property. Hunkara must show these documents to the temple/project authority if he wants to visit. If the manager of a project notices that Hunkara does not present these documents and that Hunkara visits an ISKCON temple/project, then that manager should inform the ICOCP of this.

Based on Hunkara’s history, documents in his case file, and the psychological report, we recommend that Hunkara not be allowed to visit any ISKCON temple or project. If an ISKCON authority, after having read this Official Decision and the Addendum to the Official Decision, decides that Hunkara may visit an ISKCON facility, then that authority must take full responsibility to ensure that Hunkara is closely supervised during every moment of his visit. Under no circumstances may Hunkara reside overnight in an ISKCON temple or project. To emphasize, we feel that if Hunkara is left alone, he may attempt to establish sexual relations with adolescent males, and therefore we have concluded that it is best if he does not visit or serve any ISKCON temple or project. However, if a particular authority decides to allow him to visit or serve an ISKCON temple or project, then Hunkara must be carefully monitored at every moment. If the authority is not prepared to take this responsibility, then Hunkara may not have any connection with that authority’s temple or project. Otherwise, any association that Hunkara does have with ISKCON must be in accord with all the stipulations of the Official Decision.

Judges serving on this case were: Sandamini dasi, Bhusaya dasa, and Saudamani dasi. The Case Manager for this case was Dhira Govinda dasa. The Director of ICOCP at the time of this decision was Dhira Govinda dasa.

© CHAKRA 18-Sep-1999

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