Sexual Assault: Judicial to Police, it's Jail for Asaram Bapu

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Asaram Bapu
Ahmedabad, Oct 15: 72-year-old Asaram Bapu has been sent to 4-day police custody in connection with a fresh rape charges according to which he and his son Narayan Sai allegedly had raped two sisters based in Surat, Gujarat.

Asaram, who recently was brought to Ahmedabad from Jodhpur, was presented before a session court on Tuesday, Oct 15. The court reserved its order on the remand application of self-styled godman.

No body except the litigants were allowed to go inside the court premises where the hearing took place. Police in its remand application has sought 14 days custody of Asaram citing various reasons, including interrogation of the accused regarding the alleged crime, his medical check up and seizure of things related to the crime.

Police in its remand application has sought 14 days custody of Asaram

They have also mentioned in the remand application that they want to investigate whether other girls in the ashram are also subjected to the same exploitation or not. Asaram's advocate BM Gupta, however, severely opposed the demand of remand, saying that the case is 12-year-old.

The elder of the two sisters had accused Asaram of sexual assaulting her between 1997 and 2006. She reportedly had stayed at Asaram's ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city.

The younger sister, on the contrary, accused Sai of sexual assaulting her repeatedly between 2002 and 2005 when she was living in their Surat ashram. Sai along with his mother Lakshmi and sister Bharti has gone missing ever since the fresh rape charges have been filed against them.

Asaram was arrested in connection with a sexual assault case in which he allegedly had assaulted a 16-year-old girl in his ashram near Jodhpur, Rajasthan on Aug 15, 2013. He was lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail. He was taken to Ahmedabad on Monday, Oct 14.

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