MALE, Maldives - The Maldives Police Service has escorted Hindu spiritual healer, Ganesh Dubey, from Unima Grand hotel after he faced backlash from local citizens for attempting to organize “spiritual healing sessions” in the nation.
Ganesh Dubey announced via online channels that he planned to charge USD 100 for his sessions, to be held at the tourist hotel Unima Grand, owned by MP Shareef of the Kelaa constituency. MP Shareef is a recognized member of the ruling party. Following media reports on Dubey's plans, public sentiment quickly turned against the healer.
The Maldives, recognized for its commitment to Islam, has laws prohibiting non-Islamic religious preaching within its borders. Ganesh Dubey's intentions were found to not only contravene religious guidelines but also immigration rules, as he was in the country on a tourist visa.
In response to public outrage, Maldives Police Service intervened swiftly, ensuring Dubey’s safety by providing him protection and subsequently evacuating him from the hotel. The present location of the spiritual healer remains undisclosed.
While many locals accuse the ruling party and government of enabling this event, the situation shines a spotlight on a broader concern. Reports suggest that since President Solih's tenure began, there has been an uptick in incidents involving Indian nationals. This has sparked discussions about the perceived leniency shown by the Maldivian government towards Indian citizens, even when legal boundaries are pushed.
Despite the clear violations, Ganesh Dubey might evade legal repercussions due to the alleged leniency extended to Indian citizens by the current administration. However, this incident serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between religious tolerance, tourism, and the rule of law in the Maldives.
Authorities are yet to comment on whether Dubey will face any charges or be deported back to India.