Asaram Bapu, a non secular guru who claims to have hundreds of thousands of followers, was given a life sentence on Wednesday for the rape of a teenage woman in 2013.
The decision in opposition to the excessive profile guru was learn out contained in the jail the place he has been held in Jodhpur amid fears that his followers may resort to violence.
The 77 12 months previous has 400 ashrams world wide the place he teaches meditation and yoga.
Bapu can also be accused of raping one other lady between 2002 and 2004. The trial in that case is beneath approach.
Safety was tight across the jail complicated and in states the place the guru has a big following.
The trial was the newest in a collection of high-profile rape instances in India which have fuelled public protests and raised questions on how police deal with the assaults and deal with the victims.
Final August, one other well-liked and flamboyant Indian non secular guru, Dr. Saint Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Insan, was sentenced to 20 years in jail on fees of raping two feminine followers.
Responding to widespread outrage over the latest rape and killings of younger women and different assaults on youngsters, India’s authorities final week accredited the demise penalty for individuals convicted of raping youngsters beneath age 12.
Choose Madhusudhan Sharma introduced the jail time period for Bapu and sentenced two of his associates to 20 years in jail every for serving to him within the crime.
The decide convicted Bapu on fees of felony conspiracy, wrongful confinement and rape.
Bapu has denied the costs, and a spokesman, Neelam Dubey, stated he would enchantment the decision in a better court docket.
The woman in her grievance to police in 2013 accused Bapu of raping her when she visited his retreat in Jodhpur together with her mom. She was 16 on the time. The woman’s household stated they’d been followers of Bapu for greater than a decade.
Bapu has been in jail since his arrest in 2013. He ran greater than 230 ashrams with residential colleges with hundreds of thousands of followers throughout India and overseas, together with the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Uganda and Kenya.