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Asaram Case Verdict LIVE Updates: 'Godman' Gets Life in Jail for Raping Teen at Jodhpur Ashram

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Last Updated: April 25, 2018, 16:21 IST

The court ruled that Asaram will remain in prison till his natural death.

The court ruled that Asaram will remain in prison till his natural death.

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was convicted by a Jodhpur court in a 2013 rape case. The proceedings took place at a makeshift court in Jodhpur jail.

Self-styled godman Asaram was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Jodhpur for raping a teenager at his ashram in 2013. The defence team had sought minimum punishment for Asaram arguing that he is not a repeat offender. The godman’s spokesperson said that they will appeal in the high court against the verdict. Home Ministry sources said that there is no report of violence so far from anywhere in the country after the verdict. Security has been stepped in Jodhpur where prohibitory orders were clamped as the government tried to avoid a repeat of the Gurmeet Ram Rahim episode. Apprehending a threat to law and order, the Centre also asked Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana governments to tighten security and deploy additional forces as the three states have a large number of followers of the 77-year-old Asaram. In a communication, the Union Home Ministry told the three states to beef up security and ensure that no violence takes place after the judgment. The three states were also told to deploy additional forces in sensitive places.

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first published:April 25, 2018, 07:18 IST
last updated:April 25, 2018, 16:21 IST