Asaram was on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a woman from Surat in Gujarat. Asaram was convicted by a Gujarat sessions court on Monday. Earlier on April 25, 2018, a Jodhpur court had sentenced Asaram to life imprisonment for raping a minor from UP. Asaram’s appearance was done through video conferencing.
There were six other accused, including Asaram’s wife, in the 10-year-old case. The court convicted Asaram. One of the accused died during the trial. At the same time, the court acquitted the rest of the accused due to lack of evidence.
The case was registered in 2013. Asaram was accused by a Surat-based woman of repeatedly raping her at his ashram in Motera, Ahmedabad. An FIR was lodged at Chandkheda police station in Ahmedabad. According to the complaint, the woman was raped several times between 2001 and 2006 at an ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city. The woman was then staying at Asaram’s ashram. The police had filed a charge sheet in the case in July 2014.
According to the information, the younger of the two sisters had lodged a complaint of rape against Asaram’s son Narayan Sai and the elder sister had lodged a complaint of rape against Asaram. Asaram was tried in Gandhinagar due to the transfer of his elder sister’s complaint to Gandhinagar, in which the court convicted Asaram on Monday.
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