Indian Court Guilty Verdict on ‘Rape Guru’: Sentenced to 20 years

Sect Leader Ram Rahim in his self-scripted, self-starred movie Photo: Singh's Facebook page
Sect Leader Ram Rahim in his self-scripted, self-starred movie Photo: Singh's Facebook page

Hundreds of people have been arrested after an Indian court issued a guilty verdict against a Guru who was charged with rape in 2002.

After the court found the guru Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape, his supporters began to vandalize the streets prompting the Indian government to issue a curfew.

The violence erupted in Haryana killed around 32 people and left 250 others injured.

‘Guru’ Ram Rahim, a bearded man who appeared in a film ‘Messenger of God’ scripted and starred by himself was accused of raping two of his female followers in his Dera in Sirsa.

The self-styled ‘messenger of God’  “Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, a name that he chose for himself, is said to have millions of followers around the world.

The self-styled Guru, however, declined all the allegations against him.

Many of his followers believe that the allegations against the guru are fabricated.

His enraged followers took to the street and a havoc followed afterward. The angry mob wrecked cars and many lives were lost after they engaged in violence with the security forces.

‘Guru’ Ram Rahim, a bearded man who appeared in a film ‘Messenger of God’ scripted and starred by himself was accused of raping two of his female followers in his Dera in Sirsa.

His secret life came to light after a letter from Dera was sent to the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002. The letter accused the Guru of raping many of his female followers who serve him in his Dera in Sirsa, an Indian town.

The security officials have been under fierce pressure ever since the court issued the guilty verdict against Sing. Many people have been arrested already but the fear remains that his flowers might perpetrate more vandalism.

“We have arrested between 600 to 800 people since yesterday. Security forces are carrying out searches of congregation centers belonging to the sect to seize any sharp-edged weapons, canes or batons,” senior state official Ram Niwas told DPA news agency.

Speaking to AFP, Haryana police chief BS Sandhu said, “About 200 were injured, including about 50 police and security personnel.”

“Some of the injured didn’t come to the hospitals fearing that they could face police action or arrests for involvement in the violence,” he said.

 


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*