New Delhi, April 25: Nearly five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, a special court in Jodhpur on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman along with two others accused in the case.
However, Asaram is not the only ‘spiritual guru’ who is accused of rape and sexual assault. There many more “godmen” who have been charged with sexual assault.
Below we have enlisted some self-styled Godman accused or convicted of serious charges.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Last year, Dera Sachha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was held guilty of raping two sadhvis of his ashram and was sentenced to 10-10 year jail-term in Rohtak.
As the aftermath of verdict, angry supporters of Ram Rahim went on a rampage and the ensuing violence which claimed 36 lives.
Asaram’s son Narayan Sai is behind bars for allegedly raping a Surat-based female disciple of his father between 2002 and 2005. She was allegedly raped when she was living at Asaram’s ashram in Surat. Sai, 40, is also accused of having physical relations with eight other girls.
Swami Nityanand was considered as one of the eminent gurus of south India but his empire was shaken in 2009 after his sex CD came to the limelight. He was shown having physical relation with a famous actress in the south. The authenticity of the CD was verified by a forensic lab. But his ashram handed over an American lab’s report on the CD. Following this, he had to spend 52 days in jail.
Rampal is currently in prison in connection with a sedition case. He has been accused of rape, physical harassment of women, running abortion centre from his ashram names ‘Satlok’.
A Mumbai court in April 2016 convicted the 43-year-old self-styled godman for raping seven girls and awarded him life imprisonment. According to the reports, Kasim knew four sisters who had mentally challenged sons and healthy daughters. He promised to cure the boys and asked their mothers to send to him their daughters to him.
Santhosh Madhavan, alias Swami Amritha Chaitanya
A Kerala court in May 2009 had convicted Madhavan in three cases relating to raping minors. He was found guilty of offences punishable under sections 342 (wrongful confinement) and 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code.
Madhavan lured the minor girls belonging to poor families, confined and assaulted them. He was sentenced to 16 years of rigorous jail term and imposed fine of Rs 2,10,000. He is also accused of frauding a Dubai-based Indian woman of Rs. 40 lakh.