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Victim says Asaram asked her to ‘surrender’, boasted of officers bowing at his feet

In her statement, the victim said Asaram had asked her to “surrender” to him.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2018 17:31 IST
Hiral Dave
Hiral Dave
Press Trust of India, Jodhpur
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Asaram was on Wednesday convicted of raping a teenager from UP’s Shahjahanpur in 2013 and sentenced to life imprisonment.(PTI File Photo)

Self-styled godman Asaram who was convicted of rape on Wednesday had asked his victim to “surrender’ to him, boasting that senior officials bowed their heads at him.

According to her statement, which figures in the verdict of the special court which sentenced Asaram to a life imprisonment, the godman said she should give up her plans to become a chartered accountant and instead study for a B.Ed.

He would then make her a teacher and later principal of his ‘gurukul’ (school), he told her.

“What will you do by becoming a CA? Big officers bow their head at my feet,” he said, according the minor’s statement.

The victim, a resident of Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, had gone to Asaram’s ashram in Jodhpur with her parents for getting cured of an ‘evil spirit’.

She was a student, staying at a hostel run by Asaram in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh. Shilpi, a warden there, had suggested that she meet the godman in Jodhpur.

Asaram met the family on August 14, 2013. He showed them his ‘kutiya’, the place where her stayed in the ashram, and talked to the girl about what she wanted to do in life.

The next evening, he called the family and asked the parents to leave after making them recite some mantras.

He then told the 16-year-old girl to come to his room and asked her about her studies, according to the victim’s statement. He assaulted her, keeping her confined in the room for near an hour and a half.

He told the victim to remain quiet about the assault but the girl informed her mother.

The parents lodged a complaint against Asaram at Kamla Market police station in Delhi. This was later transferred to Jodhpur.

While delivering the judgment, magistrate Madhusudan Sharma observed that the accused not only broke the trust of the victim but also tarnished the image of saints.

The defence counsel urged the court to consider Asaram’s old age as well as the citations he had received from former presidents KR Narayanan and APJ Abdul Kalam, former vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and other leaders.

First Published: Apr 26, 2018 11:43 IST