Even before Honeypreet Insan was spotted in the 15-seater helicopter sitting opposite with Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim after he was convicted for rape and sexual exploitation of two sadhvis, she was a popular figure among the sect followers.
Ram Rahim has four children – a son and three daughters. They are Amanpreet Kaur Insan, Charanpreet Kaur Insan, Honeypreet Kaur Insan and Jasmeet Singh. Honeypreet is the most visible and followed of Ram Rahim family members after the self-styled godman himself.
Honeypreet has over a million followers on Twitter, more than 5 lakh on her Facebook page and close to 2 lakh on Instagram. She has a website in her name which describes her as philanthropist, editor, actor and director.
HONEYPREET BEFORE RAM RAHIM
Honeypreet is not the biological daughter of Gurmeet Ram Rahim. She was introduced to Ram Rahim through her husband and his family.
Honeypreet was born as Priyanka Taneja in Fatehabad district of Haryana. Priyanka Taneja became Honeypreet Insan after she married Vishwas Gupta, the grandson of former Gharaunda MLA Rulia Ram Gupta.
Vishwas Gupta was a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda and Gurmeet Ram Rahim. His grandfather Rulia Ram Gupta was a Dera follower since the days of Shah Satnam Singh, who nominated Ram Rahim as the Dera chief.
Priyanka married Vishwas Gupta in 1999 at Dera in presence of Ram Rahim, who gave her the new name. Honeypreet also became a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda and Ram Rahim. Ten years later, Honeypreet came to Ram Rahim complaining that the Gupta family was harassing her for dowry.
Ostensibly to give her protection, Ram Rahim adopted Honeypreet as his third daughter. Since then, Honeypreet has followed Ram Rahim as shadow and has been his most trusted confidante.
HUSBAND QUESTIONS RAM RAHIM-HONEYPREET RELATION
Meanwhile, Vishwas Gupta moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking custody of Honeypreet Insan from Ram Rahim failing which he wished to divorce his wife. In his petition Vishwas Gupta alleged that Ram Rahim had illicit relation with his wife.
Reports suggest that Vishwas Gupta also claimed that Ram Rahim sexually exploited his wife Honeypreet. However, after sometime, Vishwas Gupta agreed for out of court settlement and later apologised at Dera saying that he committed a mistake by questioning Ram Rahim’s relation with Honeypreet. Now, Vishwas Gupta is said to be running a part of Dera business.
Some time after tendering apology and withdrawing the court case against Ram Rahim over alleged illicit relation with Honeypreet, Vishwas Gupta separated from his wife. Honeypreet then moved to live in Dera with Ram Rahim.
AS RAM RAHIM’S COMPANION
Honeypreet is very vocal about her association with Ram Rahim claiming that she is “equally talented” as her father. On social media, Honeypreet calls herself as Papa’s Angel while addresses Ram Rahim as Guru Pa and Papa Angel. Honeypreet makes it a point to comment on every social media post of Ram Rahim.
In one of her tweets on February 7 this year, Honeypreet wrote, “You are lovelier than the red rose and I intensely love your all styles and poses. Wishing you a happy rose day.”
Honeypreet has been associated with all the films of Ram Rahim. Honeypreet directed MSG series of films with Ram Rahim and played the character of his daughter in MSG-2. Honeypreet also directed the Warrior Lion Heart, Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab and Jattu Engineer. All these films were declared tax free in Haryana.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim is extremely fond of Honeypreet, who is his closest confidante. Her word in the Dera is seen as that of Gurmeet Ram Rahim himself. It was no surprise for those who knew them when Ram Rahim petitioned in the Panchkula court seeking permission to let Honeypreet stay with him in jail and also when he threatened the jail officials to have them suspended if they did not allow her to be with him at night in the barrack after he was shifted to his cell following his conviction on Friday. Honeypreet is the front-runner as the successor of Ram Rahim at Dera Sacha Sauda.