Asaram Case: A special court in Jodhpur sentenced Asaram to life imprisonment for the rape of a 16-year-old girl. The case dates back to 2013 when the victim accused Asaram of rape on the intervening night of August 15 and 16 at his ashram in Jodhpur. #Asaram Case
The other two accused have been sentenced to 20 years in prison. #Asaram Case
Five people were facing charges of rape. Out of the five, three of the accused — Asaram, Sharat and Shilpi were convicted. The court has let off the other two accused. #Asaram Case
The verdict was announced by Judge Madhu Sudan Sharma in Jodhpur. Asaram was arrested in 2013 and has been in jail ever since. #Asaram Case
According to reports, Asaram broke down after hearing the quantum of punishment. #Asaram Case
Asaram was accused of trafficking and rape. He has been booked under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) which could entail stringent punishment. #Asaram Case
The father of the teenager who was raped by Asaram had earlier demanded stringent punishment for the self-proclaimed godman.
“The court has given us justice in this case. He should be given a stringent punishment,” the victim’s father said. #Asaram Case
He also added that the family has suffered a lot in the past five years. “We have suffered a lot and now we hope to get complete justice in this case,” he said. #Asaram Case
Meanwhile, Asaram’s spokesperson Neelam Dubey said that they “respect the court’s order”. #Asaram Case
Meanwhile, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana were put on high alert ahead of the verdict. Authorities also beefed up security around the Jodhpur jail and Asaram’s ashrams in various cities. #Asaram Case
Section 144 has also been imposed in Jodhpur from April 21 to April 30 to prevent any untoward incident. #Asaram Case
Asaram is also an accused in a double rape case in Surat. Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, also a self-styled ‘saint’, is accused in the case as well. #Asaram Case
Asaram and Narayan are alleged to have raped and illegally confined two sisters. The elder sister accused Asaram of repeatedly sexual assaulting her between 2001 and 2006. The trial in those rape cases is on in Gujarat. #Asaram Case
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