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Asaram Bapu: Indian guru convicted of rape

Asaram Bapu: Indian guru convicted of rape

An Indian spiritual guru who claims to have millions of followers worldwide has been found guilty of rape. Asaram was arrested in 2013 after a case of sexual assault was filed against him by two of his followers who alleged that he had assaulted their daughter.
A court in the northern city of Jodhpur ruled that Asaram Bapu, 77, raped a 16-year-old girl in 2013 at his ashram there. He is likely to appeal the verdict in a higher court. The guru, 77, has 400 ashrams around the world where he teaches meditation and yoga. He is also standing trial in another rape case in Gujarat state.

The court is expected to announce his sentence later in the day.

Utsav Bains, the victim’s lawyer, told NDTV that he was expecting the court to give Asaram a life sentence. “But nothing can compensate for the trauma that the victim and the family have gone through,” he said.