At 'Call For Media and Government
Investigation' of Sathya Sai Baba, see the article:
Barry Pittard on March 20, 2009
This article notes some key factors that explain why most
former former devotees stay well apart from the controversy.
Two of these (family and business) are illustrated by the
case of the former head of the Australian Sathya Sai
Gallagher, an agriculturalist and businessman of
News South Wales, Australia. Gallagher resigned on a
matter of acute principle after he investigated among Sai
Baba college boys, and later circumstances surrounding the
police executions in Sai Baba's bedroom on June 6, 1993.
For those with limited time, I
have excerpted, for the sake of a focus, some points from
Terry Gallagher’s testimony, which was first published by
David and Faye Bailey
(very prominent leaders who also resigned) in The
Quarterly, UK. Later it appeared in the September-October
1999 edition of the Australian magazine ‘Nexus’ when the
editor, Duncan Roads,
became, as he has accounted, disillusioned with Sathya Sai
Baba, having heard from a number of other alternate and firm
sources with similar accounts.
At length by telephone, Terry
Gallagher told me that, against extraordinary unwillingness
of devotees to look at the allegations, he had done
what he could to investigate and surface the terrible facts
about Sai Baba’s serial sexual abuse of young males.
Factors bearing on the decision
of many individuals include: