Rape convicted self styled godman Asaram sentenced to imprisonment till death

Asaram Bapu sentenced to life in rape case

Asaram will be in prison till his natural death. Also, the special court said that two others in the 2013 case amid watertight security, letting off two of his alleged accomplices.

In the case registered in Rajasthan, a 16-year-old girl from Shahajahanpur of Uttar Pradesh had accused Asaram of raping her at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur on the night of August 15, 2013.

The arrest of Asaram in 2013 prompted violent clashes between his supporters and police in a number of main cities.

Sirumalani denied the charges, and his defence lawyers have said they will appeal the verdict. The trial of the case is underway in a separate court. "It shows that if the law works impartially, even persons from the weakest sections of the society can take on the most influential ones and get justice", Ajay Pal Lamba, the IPS officer who supervised the investigation into the case said.

In her complaint to the police, the minor said she was sexually assaulted and threatened by the godman when she was alone with him.

Asaram's movement grew from India's rural heartland to an empire with 400 ashrams and Ayurveda health centres estimated to be worth more than half a billion dollars.

The kin of the Delhi gang-rape victim Nirbhaya also hailed the life imprisonment awarded to Asaram in the rape case.

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In another case, police in Rajasthan filed a charge sheet against the godman for allegedly filming sexual assaults on women to blackmail them.

An Indian court has found a high-profile spiritual guru guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

There have been several rape cases involving minors in recent weeks. Images of Modi paying obeisance to the controversial spiritual leader have also resurfaced since Asaram's conviction.

Officials from Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party responded angrily Wednesday as the main opposition Congress party distributed photos of the prime minister alongside Asaram.

Replying to the actor's tweet, one of the Twitterati wrote, "Man!"

"We would like to extend our honest apologies to anyone who was offended during the short space of time it was up".

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