Asaram Bapu, arrested by Rajasthan Police on charges of sexual assault, is not new to controversies. The spiritual guru, who started preaching in Gujarat in the late 1960s and today owns 200 ashrams across the country, has earlier been involved in criminal cases.
Asaram, 72, is in police custody in Jodhpur over allegations of sexual assault levelled against him by a minor girl.
His brush with trouble first started in 2008 after the deaths of two 10-year-old cousins, Abhishek and Dipesh Vaghela, at his Motera ashram in Gujarat. A charge sheet has been filed against him in the case.
Since 2008 he has remained in news for all the wrong reasons, be it criminal cases filed against him, encroachment by his ashrams or his remarks on the Delhi gang rape.
Asaram Bapu said the victim of the Dec 16, 2012 gang rape in Delhi was also to be blamed for the incident and that she should have begged the culprits to stop by calling them brother. He later claimed that his statement was misread.
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Text: Sify News Desk