AHMADABAD ( Gujrat )- A court in Gandhinagar on Tuesday sentenced Asaram Bapu, convicted in a rape case filed by a former woman disciple in 2013, to life imprisonment. “Additional Sessions Judge DK Soni has sentenced Asaram Bapu to life imprisonment in a rape case of 2013.” However, due to lack of evidence in this case, six other accused including Asaram’s wife were acquitted by the court.
While talking to the media, Asaram’s lawyer said that he would go to the Gujarat High Court against this decision of the court. Earlier, Sessions Court Judge DK Soni had reserved his decision on Monday.
According to Special Public Prosecutor RC Kodekar, Asaram has been convicted for illegal detention of the victim under Indian Penal Code Section 376 (c) (ie rape), Section 377 (unnatural sexual offence) and other provisions.
On the other hand, Asaram’s lawyer CB Gupta said, ‘It is being called the incident of 2001, but its complaint has been registered in 2013. After the punishment, we will file an appeal in the High Court after deliberations.
Let us tell you that in 2013, a woman from Surat had filed a case of rape and illegal confinement against Asaram Bapu and seven others. One of the accused had died during the trial.
The police had filed a charge sheet in this case in July 2014. According to the FIR lodged at Ahmedabad’s Chandkheda police station, Asaram raped the victim several times between 2001 and 2006 at his ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city.
On April 25, 2018, the Jodhpur court convicted self-styled godman Asaram Bapu in the rape case of a minor and sentenced him to life imprisonment. Asaram is locked in jail for five years before the sentence is pronounced.
That is, overall, Asaram is in jail for the last 10 years.