A Jodhpur trial court will deliver its verdict on the Asaram Bapu rape case on Wednesday amid tight security. Asaram has been accused of sexually exploiting a 16-year-old girl from UP's Shahjahanpur in his Manai ashram near Jodhpur in 2013. If convicted, Asaram faces a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Here's a timeline of the 5-year-old trial in the Asaram rape case:
August 15, 2013: The victim alleged that Asaram had called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.
August 20, 2013: Parents of the victim filed a complaint in Delhi and later the case was transferred to Jodhpur police.
August 23, 2013: Supporters of Asaram Bapu attacked Kamla Market police station in Delhi.
August 31, 2013: Jodhpur police arrested Asaram, who was later sent to jail by a court.
November 6, 2013: Jodhpur police files chargesheet against Asaram Bapu and four co-accused. He was charged with wrongful confinement and rape of a sixteen-year-old.
February 12, 2015: Rahul K Sachan, a witness in the case was stabbed outside the local court. He was supposed to give his statement.
July 8, 2015: Witness, Sudha Pathank turned hostile and told the court that she had no knowledge about Asaram's activities.
Ju;y 12, 2015: The prime witness was shot dead by bike-borne men.
April 7, 2018: Final arguments in the case had been completed by the special court for SC/ST cases on April 7 and the court had kept the order reserved to be pronounced on April 25.
April 25, 2018: Asaram Bapu held guilty.