Self-styled godman Asaram sentenced to life imprisonment for rape of teenager
Asaram, the so-called godman has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a teenager.
77-year-old Asaram has lakhs of followers in India and more than 400 ashrams across the country. He has the maximum number of followers from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Gujarat. All these states have been put on high alert.
Asaram is accused of having raped a 16-year-old girl inside his ashram in Jodhpur. The girl’s parents had dropped her there to become a disciple of Asaram. The incident happened in the year 2013.
Asaram had appealed for a bail 12 times, but was rejected every single time. He was arrested from Indore in Madhya Pradesh before being shifted to Jodhpur.
Asaram will now spend the rest of his life in the jail. He will also have to pay a fine of Rs one lakh.
Asaram and his son Narayan Sai are also accused of raping two sisters from Gujarat. The incidents happened in the years 2002 and 2004.
The rape survivor’s father said that justice has been served. He thanked supporters who have helped them in the fight for justice.