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Indian Guru Jailed for 10 Years for Rape

June 23 2018, 11:16 | Irvin Gilbert

Indian Guru Jailed for 10 Years for Rape

Security Personnel keeping strict vigil near Sunaria Jail in which Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Ram Rahim’s quamtum of punishment will be awarded in Rohtak on Monday

Sirsa (Har), Aug 28 (PTI) With no instances of violence being reported here after the sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the district administration today chose to relax curfew from 7 am to 7 pm tomorrow.

'A library in the jail has been converted into a courtroom, ' Rajiv Pant, an official in charge of prisons, said ahead of the sentencing hearing.

The rape case was brought after an anonymous letter was sent to then-prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002, accusing Singh of repeatedly raping the sender and several other women in the sect.

He said that his government would continue to maintain a constant vigil to ensure that peace was maintained in the state and that curfew to remain in force as long as it was necessary.

The victims' lawyer, Utsav Singh Bains, told the press there may be more sexual abuse victims who may have been killed or were too scared to come out and testify against the guru. "When I objected he said, "There is no doubt that I am God".

The journalist was allegedly murdered by Dera men at the behest of Ram Rahim for probing the rape allegations against him.

Singh, who claims to have more than 50 million followers worldwide, could face a minimum seven years in prison for raping two of his female devotees.

The guru was convicted on Friday by the special court of India's premier investigation agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Singh was flown down in a government helicopter to conduct court proceedings.

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"The women are in hiding, they are living under constant fear". "We urged the court that a lenient view should be taken as the case was 18 years old and there was no other case during the period", Garg said. Lawyers say a judgement in the case is expected in the next few months.

Known as the "Guru of Bling" and "Rockstar Baba" for his flashy clothes and lifestyle, the millionaire reportedly broke down and asked forgiveness when the judge announced the sentence. If an accused is found to have doubtful antecedents the case against him is strengthened. 10 Km area around Rohtak jail has been sanitized.

The two are often pictured together in public and on her Facebook page, she describes him as her "best friend", her "father" and her "bro".

Rohtak Deputy Commissioner Atul Kumar said police will not hesitate to open fire again at those spreading violence.

Many cult leaders in India have enormous influence over their followers, who include wealthy businessmen and political leaders.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to people to accept the court verdict.

- A notification has been issued to make arrangements for setting of CBI Court in Sunaria District Jail, Panchkula for pronouncement of quantum of sentence against Ram Rahim Singh.

"As per law they have either been sealed or shut down", said Navdeep Singh Virk, the head of police in Rohtak.

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