Wednesday, April 25 a self-styled godman Asaram Bapu is punished to Life Imprisonment. Asaram Bapu who has been accused of raping a teenage girl from Shahajahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The girl who was studying at the self-styled godman’s ashram at Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment whereas the other two other criminals have been punished to 10 years in jail.
How Jodhpur court came to the verdict
This verdict is announced by the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on April 25. The final arguments in the Asaram Bapu rape case were completed on April 7, 2018. Then on April 17 an appeal from the Jodhpur Police Commissioner, a division bench of the Rajasthan High Court ordered the trial court to deliver its verdict inside the jail premises.
The bench including Justice Gopal K. Vyas and Justice Ram Chandra Singh Jhala who issued guidelines to the Commissioner to ensure law and order in the city on the verdict day.
Expecting a threat to law and order, the central government has asked the state governments in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Haryana. They have stiffened security and organize additional forces in the three states.
The charge sheet is made of Asaram and four other co-accused. The other accused includes Shiva, Shilpi, Sharad and Prakash which was filed by the police on November 6, 2013. He was sentenced to imprisonment under various sections which include POCSO Act, Juvenile Justice Act, and the Indian Penal Code.
Two rape cases against the self-styled Godman
On August 31 Asaram Bapu was detained due to the complaint of sexual harassment against him. The 16-year-old girl, of Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, said that the had called her to his ashram. The ashram is situated in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15 in 2013.
Other than this are two rape cases against the self-styled godman. In another case, two Surat-based sisters had lodged separate complaints against the Godman and his son Narayan Sai, accusing them of rape.
Also, Asaram was booked under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the SC/ST Act. Though initially, Asaram has denied the rape charges later on he accepted and also proved to be guilty.