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Guru Asaram Bapu Convicted of Rape The spiritual guru was convicted of rape by a trial court in Jodhpur and sentenced to life imprisonment till death

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SPIRITUAL GURU Asaram Bapu was convicted of rape by a trial court in Jodhpur and sentenced to life imprisonment till death for raping a girl at his ashram in 2013.

Asaram, 77, was charged under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The verdict and the sentencing came nearly five years after he was arrested and charged with rape. POSCO is a strict law meant to protect children from rape and sexual assault.

The verdict was delivered in a special court set up inside the Jodhpur jail premises where Asaram is currently being held as there were fears of violence if he was taken out.

Asaram and his son Narayan Sai are also accused of sexual assault and rape by two sisters in Surat, Gujarat. Earlier this month, India’s top court gave five weeks to the prosecution to complete the trial in this case.

#AsaramVerdict: What they said

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