Asaram Bapu: A 'godman' accused of rape, murder, and other serious crimes
25 April, 2018, 09:33 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
The north Indian city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan resembles a fortress a day before the local court is set to pronounce its verdict on Asaram rape case Wednesday, April 25. On November 6, 2013, the Jodhpur police filed a chargesheet against Asaram and four others.
The verdict will be delivered on premises of Jodhpur central jail, where Asaram Bapu is lodged. The judgement in the case was pronounced inside the Jodhpur Central Jail.
Ahead of the verdict, Jodhpur police imposed Section 144 in the city to prevent violence breaking out in case his followers were unhappy with the verdict.
20 August 2013: Complaint filed by parents of the victim in Delhi; case later transferred to Jodhpur.
"We have cleared up his (Asaram's) ashrams and asked all hotels and guest-houses to not allow any of his followers".
Asaram, who is facing charges of trafficking, rape, and sexual crimes against children, could face a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
The three states, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, are home to a large number of Asaram devotees. "The security of the victim's family is continuously being monitored.Two more constables will stand guard outside her house in addition to the five policemen alrady deployed there and a strict vigil is being maintained on all the visitors using CCTV cameras", Superintendent of Police K B Singh said.
The supporter managed to reach there despite high-security arrangements. Court has also chose to pronounce the judgement inside the Central Court. But of the 12 bail applications, six were rejected - three by the Rajasthan High Court and three by the Supreme Court.
The magistrate along with court staff, Asaram and the co-accused along with the defence and prosecution counsels will remain present in the courtroom in the jail premises, he said.
Asaram Bapu has been held guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl in his Jodhpurashram.
Apprehending a threat to law and order from followers of Asaram, security has been stepped up and prohibitory orders issued in Rajasthan's Jodhpur where a trial court deliver its verdict against him in a rape case on Wednesday.
31 August 2013: Asaram arrested and sent to Jodhpur Central Jail.The godman had tried to resist arrest citing poor health.
Asaram had been charged under the POSCO and Sc/ST Atrocities Act.
- The final arguments in the case were completed in the court of SC/ST Cases Special Judge Madhu Sudan Sharma on April 7 this year. "She stood by her testimony throughout the trial", he told NDTV. Altogether, nine witnesses in the two cases against Asaram were attacked, three of them died.
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