Sexual assault: FIR against Asaram

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 21, 2013 08:10 hrs
Sexual assault: FIR against Asaram

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IBNS) The Delhi Police on Wednesday said they have registered a case of sexual assault against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu.

A 16-year-old girl, who was staying at Asaram´s hostel in Rajasthan´s Jodhpur, filed a First Information Report (FIR) at Kamla market police station in Delhi alleging she was sexually assaulted by the godman.

The case has now been referred to Jodhpur Police for investigation and relevant action.

Asaram Bapu was severely criticized by the media after his remark that the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang rape victim, was equally guilty along with those responsible for the sexual assault on her.

He is reported to have said: "Only 5-6 people are not the culprits. The victim daughter is as guilty as her rapists... She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop... This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don´t think so."

In the year 2000, the Asaram Ashram was allocated about 10 acres of land in Bhairavi village of Navsari district by the Gujarat government. The ashram encroached on an additional 6 acres, leading to protests in the local villages.

The Yog Vedanta Samiti of Asaram Bapu was reportedly given permission to use the premises of the Mangalya temple in Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh for 11 days for a satsang in 2001.

The samiti failed to vacate the premises after the satsang, and continue to occupy a total of 100 acres of land, valued at over 700 crores.

The land belongs to the now defunct Jayant Vitamins Limited.

A former member of the Asaram ashram, Raju Chandak, claimed in an affidavit with the police that tantric rituals were being performed in the ashram, and that he had seen Asaram Bapu sexually exploiting women.

In December 2009, Raju Chandak was attacked with guns by two unknown persons in the Ramnagar locality of Sabarmati.

The Gujarat Police filed an attempt to murder case against Asaram Bapu and two others.

A commission was set up in 2008 to probe the mysterious death of two children, whose bodies were found on the Sabarmati riverbed on July 5, 2008 after they went missing on July 3.

Dipesh Vaghela, aged 10 years, and Abhishek Vaghela, aged 11, were cousins studying at Ashram's Gurukul (residential school) at Motera.

Praful Vaghela, the father of one of the children, believes that the children were killed as consequence of tantric ritual.

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