New Delhi, Aug 25, 2017: Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh has been found guilty by special CBI court in rape case but this is not new for the Babas of our country as the country has witnessed many criminal cases agaisnt them. Earlier along with Asharam, Swamy Nithyanand and many other self-styled Babas were found indulge criminal cases.
All you need to know about the list of self-styled accused Babas in different cases:
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 50, is the head of spiritual sect Dera Sacha Sauda, which was established by Mastaa Balochistani, on April 29, 1948. The headquarter of the sect is located in Haryana’s Sirsa district of Haryana and has over 46 ashrams spread across the country.
Dera chief Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Panchkula on Friday. He was immediately taken into judicial custody. However, the quantum of punishment is schedule for August 28.
On social media, Singh describes himself as a versatile personality who is a Spiritual Saint, Philanthropist, Versatile Singer, Allrounder Sportsperson, Film Director, Actor, Art Director, Music Director, Writer, Lyricist, Autobiographer, and DOP. For his followers Ram Rahim Singh is the ‘Messenger of God’.
Asumal Sirumalani, popularly known as Asharam Bapu by his followers, is a religious leader in India. He preaches the existence of One Supreme Conscious in every human being following the traditions of Advaita Vedanta.
But the self-styled godman is now in Jodhpur jail after being accused of sexually abusing a teen at his Jodhpur ashram. He has not only been accused of sexual assault but also for rape. He, along with his son Narayan Sai, are in jail for exploiting women devotees.
According to reports, there are nearly ten cases pending against Asaram and his son Narain Sai. Both father and son face charges of rape and killing children for black magic practices.
Just like his father Asaram, Narayan Sai was accused of rape and sexual assault. He has been sent to jail for the rape and assault of a woman at one of Asaram’s ashrams between year 2002 and 2005. Narayan Sai is also accused of having physical relations with eight other girls.
In November 2016, a journalist filed a case against Narayan for sexually assaulting her when she went to interview him for a local TV channel.
Don’t forget to remember Sant Rampal who created his own to shield himself in the wake to escape from a police arrest. In 2014, the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued non-bailable arrest warrants against him. In protest, his followers blocked rail and road traffic in Ambala, Panchkula and Chandigarh on November 5.
When the police tried to detain him on November 9, his armed followers, including gunmen, formed human chains outside the Satlok Ashram to prevent the police from arresting him. The police tried to initiate a dialogue, and asked him to surrender. Rampal’s followers announced that the police will have to kill more than 100,000 followers before arresting him.
Rampal was arrested on the night of November 19, 2014, along with 492 of his followers, on charges including sedition, murder, attempt to murder, conspiracy, hoarding illegal weapons and aiding and abetting suicide-mongers.
He was arrested in a case filed by his brother who had accused the former Bigg Boss contestant of stealing bicycles along with some documents from his shop nine years ago, police said.
Vinodanand Jha, also known as Swami Om, was declared a proclaimed offender by the Saket Court in Delhi, the police said. In November 2008, an FIR was registered at Lodhi Colony police station against him on a complaint by his younger brother Pramod Jha.
Swami Nithyananda was another self-proclaimed godman who was involved in sex scandal. In 2010, a video featuring him and a Tamil actress got released on local news channels in Bangalore that allegedly showed him engaging in sexual activities.
Though he maintained he was merely practising ‘Shavasana’, the police didn’t believe so and arrested him in Himachal Pradesh. Cases of rape, criminal intimidation and cheating among others have since been registered against the godman based on various complaints. There were reports that condoms, drugs and other contrabands were recovered from his ashram.