She said the incident has “not only shattered” the family’s years of faith but also “destroyed the self-confidence” of their daughter.
The 35-year-old mother said ashrams of Asaram have become “havens” for heinous crimes against women. “Here, women like Shilpi are prepared to surrender themselves before Asaram. They are tutored that in case he meets them alone, they would get big things in life,” she said.
The victim’s mother alleged that young women exploited by Asaram don’t speak out because of fear.
“He had threatened my daughter to keep quiet else her parents would be in trouble. He gave her the example of one of the principals of his ashram who went missing, never to return again,” she said.