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#Denial: Emotional Bikram Choudhury denies sex assault allegations.

Renowned yoga guru Bikram Choudhury has denied he is a sexual predator who preys on vulnerable young followers, saying he didn’t need to assault women because they love him.

In an interview with CNN, the 69-year-old founder of Bikram Yoga said his accusers are being “influenced” by lawyers who want to target him for his wealth.

“Women likes me.  Women loves me.  So if I really wanted to involve the women, I don't have to assault the women”, Choudhury said.

The California-based yogi, whose unique brand of ‘hot’ yoga has millions of followers across the world and which has made him a multi-millionaire, faces six separate lawsuits from women who accuse him of sexual assault. 

Choudhury said he felt “sorry” for his accusers.

“I never assaulted them.  I feel sorry for them.  I have nothing against them.  I don’t think they are bad people.  They are not saying these things.  They are influenced by somebody”, Choudhury said.

Asked if he thought if lawyers were behind the allegations, Choudhury responded in the affirmative.

Choudhury became emotional as he was asked what impact the allegations had had on his wife of three decades Rajashree.

Choking back tears, the guru said: “My wife never look at me anymore.  Twenty-four hours a day, I work harder than any human being in this Earth.  And this is my reward?  I'm a rapist?

“Shame [on] your Western culture”, he said.

Among Choudhury’s accusers is Sarah Baughn, who was interviewed by CNN for the same segment.

Ms Baughn said she had signed up for Bikram Yoga in the mid-2000’s to help overcome “depression” and chronic back pain.

She claims that Choudhury pleaded with her “for a relationship”.  He later told her that he needed someone to “have sex with”.

Baughn has previously said that she had “endured” Choudhury’s sexual assaults because she had been led to believe it was “normal” within the Bikram yoga community. 

The lawsuits against Choudhury are set to come to trial in Los Angeles in August.

A previous lawsuit against the guru was dropped in 2013 for lack of evidence.

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#Disparity: Debate rages as MP’s vote to ban sex-selective abortions

British Asian community leaders have rubbished claims by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) that a ban on sex-selective abortions will divide communities.

MP's are today voting to introduce an amendment to the UK's Serious Crime Bill which will outlaw abortions on the grounds of the baby's gender - a problem that is particularly widespread among South Asian immigrant communities.

However, a document circulated by the TUC urged Labour MP's to oppose the amendment arguing that sex-selective abortion can be the correct decision in some cases - for instance for what it described as "cultural" reasons or if a woman is at risk of domestic abuse as a result of giving birth to a baby girl.

Religious leaders however, slammed the TUC's claims saying that South Asian communities - be it Hindu, Muslim or Sikh - were vehemently opposed to the practice.

Bal Sandhu, of the Sikh Council UK, said she was "appalled" at the TUC's claims that a ban would violate cultural sentiments.

"It is very offensive and appalling that they can make such generalised statements.  We are in support of sex-selective abortions being a criminal offence because it will act as a deterrent and people might think twice.

"It doesn’t mean that there will be wife- battering as a result.  It will simply send out a clear message that sex-selective abortions are illegal, unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this country."

Dr Majid Katme of the Islamic Medical Association said: "All the major faith groups in the UK are strongly united against this criminal act of killing girls in abortion.  Why in a civilised society do you target girls to be killed?  Why are we going the way of India and China in targeting girls?"

The amendment to the Serious Crime Bill has been proposed by Conservative Party MP Fiona Bruce and has received cross-party support in the House of Commons as well as prominent British Asian activists such as Jasvinder Sanghera and Rani Bikhu.

Many others however, have opposed the amendment, saying it would criminalize mothers. 

The true extent of so-called "gendercide" is unknown with supporters of the amendment citing significant anomalies in the ratios between girls and boys in some ethnic minority communities and opponents insisting that gender imbalances are non-existent or highly negligible.

A 2013 study by the Department of Health found no significant discrepancy in gender ratios in the UK even in relation to particular ethnic groups. 

Campaigners such as Sanghera and Bikhu say that there has been an increasing number of women who have approached organizations such as Karma Nirvana and Jeena International that they have been forced to have gender-specific abortions either in the UK or abroad.

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