In 2012, Kausthub Desikachar was reliably accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. His history of abuse, when it became public, dated to 2007 and earlier. Complaints were suppressed and a coverup took place.
To this day, the cover up continues with his organization, KHYF, desperate to claim that it is women-friendly, in a clear attempt to whitewash the dangers that Kausthub’s (the CEO’s) conduct represents to yoga students.
“…researchers widely agree that observed recidivism rates are underestimates of the true reoffense rates of sex offenders. Hidden offending presents significant challenges for professionals working in sex offender management as it is difficult to know whether offenders who appear to be nonrecidivists based on official records are truly offense free.”
Most sex crimes are not reported, and of those reported, very few result in arrests:
- Only 19% of women raped after their 18th birthday reported the rape to the police.
- Only 2.5% of sexual assaults resulted in an arrest.
Kausthub Desikachar has never denied his sexual abuse. Following the reports in 2012 from women students in Austria, he fled to India, and initiated a cover-up using his father’s name. This is the same strategy he continues to this day, brazenly using his family name and religious whitewashing to cover-up the serious problems with his conduct.
“At present, it appears that the best predictor of sexual recidivism is a history of re-offending: the more sexual crimes an offender has committed, the more likely that offender will continue to do so.”
“Interviews and surveys of convicted sex offenders suggest that sex offenders may commit 2-5 times as many offenses as they are arrested for.”
Kausthub Desikachar was reported to have abused multiple women for many years—in just the one location where complaints were finally filed in Austria, multiple women accused him.
“Findings from the study conducted by Oliver, Wong, and Nicholaichuk (2008), like those from the Harris and Hanson (2004) analysis, demonstrate how the recidivism rates of sex offenders increase as followup periods become longer.”
This is partly why sexual offenders are usually required to be registered for a long time in many jurisdictions (e.g. a minimum of 20 years in New York State).
Sexual misconduct is a pattern of power abuse, not just sexual abuse. Kausthub Desikachar is involved in power-grabs and legal threats, in many deceptions using his family name and religion, and he demonstrates a clear lack of awareness of the damage he causes to his victims.
All this points to a high risk of repeat sexual and emotional abuse by Kausthub Desikachar.
Call to action: please do not enable sexual abuse by supporting conduct such as that of Kausthub Desikachar. Step away. Speak out. Prevent abuse.