This GBC resolution has yet to be reviewed by the SABHA. However, the GBC felt this resolution is of such importance that at least the administrative processes outlined below should begin as soon as possible, and can be modified pending the review of the SABHA.
On December 28, 2022, in response to recent revelations of abuse connected to the ISKCON Mayapur school, during its weekly online meeting, the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) resolved to establish a formal inquiry to “identify the lapses in the implementation of child protection measures at ISKCON Mayapur and Vrindavan schools.” The decision was supported unanimously by the GBC Members.
The inquiry will be performed by “Individuals with extensive school safeguarding and inspection experience…appointed at the discretion of the inquiry coordinator.” The coordinator will be Navin Krishna Das, of the UK-based Avanti schools. In addition, the resolution mandates that “The team members shall be independent of ISKCON management and have no conflict of interest.”
The GBC noted that “it is imperative to first identify, by way of an inquiry, the causes of such a lapse in the current governance and system setup for child protection and, subsequently, to put in place measures to avert such lapses from being repeated in the ISKCON Mayapur and Vrindavan schools”
The full resolution is below:
Jan 09, 2023
Jan 06, 2023
SABHA, The Spiritual Advisors Bhagavata Assembly
Jan 03, 2023
Anuttama Dasa, GBC and Minister of Communications