Rape victims revered him as God: Full text of Ram Rahim rape verdict
Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief was sentenced to 20 years in jail after being convicted in two rape cases. The judge held that he deserved no mercy and he acted like a beast.
Here is the full text of the special CBI court order delivered at the Rohtak jail, Haryana on Monday. The verdict was pronounced by special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh.
Both the victims put the convict on the pedestal of 'God' and revered him like that only.
However, he committed breach of gravest nature by sexually assaulting such gullible and blind followers. Such criminal acts of convict, who is stated to be heading a religious organisation, are bound to shatter images of pious and sacred spiritual, social, cultural and religious institutions existing in the country since time immemorial, which in turn reflects irreparable damages caused by the acts of the convicts to the heritage of this ancient land.
Undue sympathy to impose inadequate sentence would do more harm to the justice dispensation system to undermine the public confidence in the efficacy of law.
The courts are obliged to "curtail evil".
Though punishment was designed to protect society by "deterring potential offenders as also by preventing the guilty party from repeating the offence, it is also designed to reform the offender and reclaim him as a law abiding citizen for the good of the society."
"Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim is stated to be head of Dera which runs a number of institutions in which 7-8 thousand are working. He has been visiting abroad for the promotion of his movies. Such facts established that convict has no dearth of money and is a man possessing huge pelf and has huge financial resources to compensate victims of his criminal act."
Mahatma Gandhi said,"To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it's man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immediately man's superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she of more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective to heart than woman?"