Muzaffarpur: A case was filed in a local court here against the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu for his remarks in connection with the Delhi gang-rape case and the court has taken cognizance of it.
The complaint case against the godman was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate(CJM) S P Singh, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The petitioner charged Asaram Bapu with allegedly insulting women in general and causing hurt to the sentiments of the people by making controversial remarks during his sermon in Rajasthan's Tonk district last week in which he had blamed the Delhi gangrape victim for the incident as much as the rapists.
Ojha prayed for stringement punishment to the godman for his 'condemnable views' in the Delhi gang-rape case at a time when the entire nation was outraged and protests were taking place across the country demanding enactment of strict law against the rapists.
Delhi rape victim's dad slams Bapu
Delhi gangrape victim's father has criticised Asaram Bapu for his comments against his daughter and said the spiritual leader should be 'ashamed' for his remarks.
The victim's father told Headlines Today: "How can he say what he did? He should be ashamed."
"He would know if he had a daughter. Would he tell her to resign herself or beg to hooligans! Being a godman he is spewing venom. People should stone him," he said.
"I taught my kids never to bow down," the Delhi braveheart's father said.
The victim's father said the spiritual leader should stop claiming himself 'to be a godman and quit preaching'.
Bapu on Monday triggered a controversy as he said the Delhi gangrape victim was 'as guilty' as the accused in the crime.
He said: "The victim daughter was as guilty as her rapists."
"She should have taken the name of God and called the culprits brothers. She should have begged before them to stop.. This could have saved her dignity and life," he said.
"Can one hand clap? I don't think so,” Bapu said.
He reportedly said he was against harsher punishments for the culprits as the law could be 'misutilised'.
Bapu on Tuesday again sparked off a controversy as he called those criticising him over his remarks on Delhi gangrape victim as 'barking dogs'.
“First one dog started barking. Then another dog started barking. And then all dogs started barking. If the elephant runs after dogs, then their value increases and the elephant’s decreases. Why will I run after them?” he said while addressing his supporters.
On Dec 16, the six raped and brutalised the 23-year-old medical student with an iron rod on a moving bus.
The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.
The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of rape and brutalization of women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.