A Gujarat court on Monday convicted self-styled godman Asaram Bapu in connection with a decade-old sexual assault case. Asaram Bapu was accused by a Surat-based woman of repeatedly raping her while she was at his ashram in Ahmedabad’s Motera around 10 years ago. The Gandhinagar sessions court, which convicted Asaram Bapu today, will pronounce the punishment in the case on Tuesday.
Asaram Bapu was charged under sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 354A (sexual harassment), 370(4) (trafficking), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
Asaram’s son Narayan Sai was an accused in the case as well. Asaram’s wife Lakshmi, daughter Bharati, and four female followers — Dhruvben, Nirmala, Jassi and Meera — were also accused in the case. All of them were acquitted by the Gandhinagar court.
ASARAM BAPU IN JAIL
Asaram Bapu is currently lodged in a jail in Jodhpur. In 2018, a trial court in Jodhpur convicted him in a separate sexual assault case and sentenced him to jail. He was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl in his Jodhpur ashram in 2013.
At the time, the 77-year-old godman was convicted under Section 376 of the IPC, the Protection of Children under Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act.
Asaram was arrested from Indore in August, 2013 and brought to Jodhpur in September, 2013.
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