2013 Minor Rape Case: Asaram sentenced to life imprisonment
Jodhpur: The Jodhpur trial court sentenced self-styled godman Asaram to life imprisonment after he was convicted in 2013 minor rape case on Wednesday.
All other accused were sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Asaram has been convicted under sections 370, 376, POCSO, 120 B, 342 and 354. These sections are — Sexual Assault, Outraging a woman's modesty, POCSO, wrongful confinement and criminal conspiracy. He is also convicted of using a 'person as a slave'.
The judge arrived at the special court being set up at Jodhpur jail where he delivered its verdict against the self styled Godman. It is to be mentioned that as per the directions of the Rajasthan High Court, the trial court announced its verdict in the case in Jodhpur Central Jail premises.
It is to be mentioned that Asaram was arrested on the complaint filed by a teenage girl from Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur. The victim, who was studying at Asaram's ashram at Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, had alleged that the godman had called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.
Asaram was arrested from Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He is under judicial custody since September 2, 2013.
A chargesheet against Asaram and four other co-accused namely Shiva, Shilpi, Sharad and Prakash had been filed by police on November 6, 2013, under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Juvenile Justice Act, Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Indian Penal Code. If convicted, he could be jailed for a maximum sentence of 10 years.
The trial of the case had begun in the district and session court on March 19, 2017, which had been shifted to the special court for SC/ST cases on December 16, 2016.