Sexual assault case: Notice issued to Asaram to appear for questioning

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 04:21 hrs

Jaipur: The Jodhpur Police has issued a notice to self-styled godman Asaram asking him to appear for interrogation in four days in connections with the sexual assault case against him. Currently in Indore, Asaram was booked recently for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in his Jodhpur ashram.

Asaram has, however, continued to deny the allegations. The godman, on Sunday, claimed that he was innocent and regards the minor as his "daughter". "I feel very sad when this girl is termed as a rape victim. She is like my daughter, grand-daughter or niece. She is not a victim... far from that. The rape victim is the one who is violated but this girl is pure in my view," Asaram said during a discourse at his Ashram located on Khandwa Road.

Asaram alleged that Hindu saints are purposefully being maligned as part of a larger conspiracy. "Baseless allegations are levelled against me because I preach Indian culture during my discourses. In last four-and-a-half years, I was accused of practising black magic and tantrik practices but none of them stood legal scrutiny," he said.

He replied in the negative when asked whether he would file a petition seeking anticipatory bail in the rape case. Asaram evaded a query on whether he will produce himself before the police team investigating the case.

Asaram said that he will hold discourses across the country for jail inmates who are innocent and if needed he will help them getting legal aid.

Asked about the fact that he compared himself with Lord Ram, Sri Krishna and Guru Nanak, Asaram said he merely spoke about their life events. "People spread this misinformation against me," he alleged.

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