Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Asaram Convicted By Jodhpur Court For Raping Minor Girl


Asaram Convicted By Jodhpur Court For Raping Minor Girl

The 16-year-old had accused Asaram of rape in 2013.

Five years after he was arrested, a Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe court convicted self styled godman Asaram Bapu and acquitted two other accused on Wednesday in a rape case.

Asaram and all other accused have been convicted by Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court in a rape case
Correction: Three accused including Asaram convicted, two other accused acquitted by Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court in a rape case

Right after the verdict, Asaram's spokesperson told ANI:

We will discuss with our legal team and then decide our future course of action. We have confidence in our judiciary: Neelam Dubey,Asaram spokesperson on Asaram convicted
Asaram had been charged with rape, sexual harassment, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy.
"Nine witnesses had been tampered with. My clients faced intimidation. Now all parties have been pronounced guilty," Manish Vyas, lawyer for the survivors' told HuffPost India. He added that they have demanded a maximum of a life term for Bapu and his associates. "The minimum punishment should at least be seven years in jail," he said.
Vyas has been fighting this case for the past four-and-half years
Father of the survivor told the media that he was happy with the court's verdict, and hoped for strict punishment for the convict.
Asaram was arrested by the Jodhpur police on August 3, 2013 after allegations of sexually assaulting a minor girl, 16 years old, in his ashram in Jodhpur on the pretext of exorsising her of evil spirits.
The police had said that the girl was taken to the ashram in Manai in August 2013 for a "nightly ritual" where she and Asaram were alone in the room.
She had also alleged that he had threatened the girl and asked her to keep quiet about the incident. The girl told her her parents about the incident two days after the incident after which they filed a complaint against him in Delhi.
The survivors parents had also said that they were continuously threatened by Asaram's followers after his arrest.




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