• Monday, June 27, 2022

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Asaram Bapu given life term for teen rape

By: Eastern Eye Staff

AN INDIAN guru with millions of followers was sentenced to life in prison last Wednesday (25) for raping a teenage devo­tee on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits, his lawyer said. Asaram Bapu, one of India’s most charismatic and contro­versial spiritual leaders, was given the maximum sentence at a closed jailhouse hearing in Rajasthan, where hundreds of police were on high alert for any backlash from his disciples. “Asaram has been sentenced to life until death,” defence law­yer Rajendra Singh said outside the court in Jodhpur city. Asaram, 77, has always de­nied raping the then 16-year-old in 2013…

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