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Life imprisonment for Asaram Bapu, found guilty of raping a minor

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A Jodhpur court on Wednesday convicted self-styled godman Asaram of raping a teenage female devotee, dashing the hopes of thousands of followers who claim he is innocent. The special court also convicted two others in the 2013 case amid watertight security, letting off two of his alleged accomplices.

Asaram was sentenced to life in prison – until death – by a special trial court, which earlier today found him guilty of raping a minor in 2013. The two other people convicted in the rape got twenty years each in prison. Asaram has denied the rape and can appeal his conviction in a higher court.

The verdict was delivered in a courtroom in Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram has been lodged for 56 months since his arrest. He was charged with raping a 16-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh’s Shahajahanpur and arrested in September 2013.

Authorities asked three states to be on alert and imposed prohibitory orders in sensitive areas, anticipating trouble by legions of followers of the influential 79-year-old who runs about 400 ashrams across the country.

Asaram Bapu
Asaram Bapu

The case was filed by a minor girl from Shahajahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, who alleged that she was raped by Asaram on 15th Aug 2013, in his ashram at Manai village near Jodhpur. In addition, two sisters from Surat have lodged separate cases against Asaram and his son for sexually assaulting them.

Asaram Bapu
Asaram Bapu

The special court on April 7 reserved its judgment for April 25 after the final arguments that stretched for over five months. The state had appealed to the high court that the verdict is pronounced on the jail premises to prevent any breach of peace.

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