The first I heard of students having been withdrawn from Sai Baba's Prashanthi Nilayam college due to sexual abuses there, was from the great critic of Sai Baba, Basava Premanand, who had written in an e-mail:-

"I had published in Indian Skeptic Vol. 10 No. 12, 15-4-1998 four article by one Hugh Emil De Cruz, 'Divine Inner Light Life God Within Man,' APTDO, 7, Santa Brigida, Gran Canaria - 35 300, Spain which mentioned the following:-
In 1979, The Singapore Straits Times and all Malaysian Newspapers carried an article of his homosexual nature, when a top Kuala Lumpur Indian Lawyer went to the press to warn the public that he had recalled his three sons from Sai's Ashram on complaint’s of homosexual harassment". At that time Hugh Emil De Cruz was a follower of Sathya Sai Baba. Basava Premanand ." (editor Indian Skeptic).

Later on, the former decades-long devoted follower of Sai Baba and lecturer in English at the Brindavan College for 2 years, Barry Pittard, informed:-

"In 1981, after I had returned to Australia from spending three years around Sai Baba, my neighbour Connie Raadsma of Cooma, New South Wales, decided to visit Sai Baba. On her stopover in Malaysia, she visited a family with a history of Sai Baba devotion, whose address had been given to her by a guest of mine. She said that she heard a disturbingly authentic cassette tape of an Indian Malaysian boy’s account of sexual molestation by Sai Baba at the Sathya Sai College at Whitefield. Horrified, his parents had withdrawn him from that institution. (We now learn that, over the years, many parents have withdrawn their children from Sathya Sai Baba's educational institutions, concerned that their children are at moral risk from him). Disgusted, Connie Raadsma cancelled her trip."

Mail from Hariram Jayaram, Malaysian lawyer, concerning sex abuses at Sai Baba' collegeIn April 2004 I received the first of a series of e-mails from Mr. Hariram Jayaram, a most prominent lawyers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:-
"I was a Sai Baba devotee from 1976 to 1980 and not 1982. When I became aware of Sai Baba’s ‘activities’ on some male Malaysian students studying at the Sai institutions in Whitefield and Puttaparthi, I carried out my own inquiries and dropped out from that movement. So did many devotees in Malaysia. In the interest of these male students, I am unable to reveal their identities. It is not fair to them. I remember having advised them in 1980 to keep their identities confidential and not be overzealous since they have lives to lead and they should forget about what had happened to them. I appreciate the good work being done by ex-Sai devotees to present the true facts in order that those seeking spiritual fulfillment will not be duped into following a false guru." (see scan of full e-mail onthe right)

Due to much harassment he had experienced at the time, especially by Datuk J. Jegathesan, I was asked not to post his e-mails or their content, and so did not, despite the great importance of the information for people to decide about the facts of the matter. The prominence of his professional position and his law associates would have made a continual target for fanatical Sai Baba devotees (especially on-line, considering the stalking and dirt-throwing defamation Gerald Joe Moreno was posting against every critic at the time). In November, 1913, this much respected gentleman Hariram Jayaram passed away. Therefore, in remembrance of his honourable efforts to expose the heinous abuses and fraud of Sai Baba, and knowing that he is beyond any injury whatever, I will be posting his mails in full through the coming week or two."

Incidentally, the exodus of many students from the colleges was not restricted to Malaysian students, as there reportedly were several phases and from both Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan colleges. Referring to a long-standing Sai devotee friend who lived for decades in Prashanthi Nilayam, Eileen Weed (who first began to live there in 1984) wrote:-

“She said in the mid 1970s, soon after she arrived in India, there was an event like that, when many students just left the college in disgust. Another time that it happened was soon after I arrived in 1984; we had heard many boys walked out of college because of something which we never learned details of. That was when sb did not go to Whitefield for 18 months (waiting for the controversy to die down, no doubt). All of us, even those like me who were generally clueless in the early days, heard about the mass exodus of walk-outs in the Whitefield college in 1984.“

The above refers to an episode that was well-known to persons involved at Brindavan College at the time, but about which all information was systematically suppressed by the entire Sai Baba movement, as indeed has been and continues to be the policy. Barry Pittard wrote:-

“When I returned from Australia to India in 1983, I heard that the Whitefield college had been closed down, and that a number of parents had withdrawn their boys from Whitefield college because of sexual abuse scandals, in which SSB was central.” This came after Barry had defected from his nearly 3 decades of service to Sathya Sai Baba’s mission, having finally been convinced of the sex abuses when the magazine Nexus published a damning article."  See Whitefield Sathya Sai College defections (1980s)