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Self-proclaimed godman arrested for allegedly raping Dalit woman in UP

Police said the accused Baba Siyaram Das allegedly raped the 19-year-old for over eight months.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2017 19:36 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Sitapur (UP)
Self proclaimed godman,Dalit woman,Rape
Baba Siyaram Das had an ‘ashram’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Misrikh and also ran a law college.

A self-proclaimed godman was arrested for allegedly raping a Dalit woman in the Misrikh area of Sitapur district, police said on Thursday.

Baba Siyaram Das, who has an ‘ashram’ in Misrikh and also runs a law college allegedly raped the 19-year-old for over eight months, they said.

The woman was rescued by police when she dialled 100 and narrated her story to the police, officials said. She also belongs to this district, they said.

In her complaint, the woman claimed that she met Rintoo Singh, manager of the law college run by Das, in search of a job.

The woman alleged that she was held captive and raped by Das, police officials said. The woman alleged that she was told by Rintoo Singh that she had been sold for Rs 50 thousand by two men, Dashrath and Ashish Shukla, with whom she had come, they added.

“Baba Siyaram Das was arrested while Dashrath, Shukla and Rintoo Singh are at large,” said SP Sitapur Mrigendra Pratap Singh.

Investigation is on and a search of the ‘ashram’ is going on, he said.

There have been incidents in recent past where self- styled godmen have faced allegations of sexual impropriety.

The most prominent case is of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two disciples.

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 19:35 IST