Sexual assault case: Chargesheet filed against Asaram Bapu

A chargesheet was filed on Thursday against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu.

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2014, 00:55 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Gandhinagar: A chargesheet was filed on Thursday against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. He has been booked for allegedly raping a Surat-based girl who was staying at his Ahmedabad ashram.

The chargesheet was filed in a Gandhinagar court. He has also been accused of illegal confinement and criminal conspiracy. Along with the self-styled godman, five others, including his his wife and daughter have also been booked by the police.

He has been in a Rajasthan jail since August last year. This is the second case of sexual assault against Asaram bapu. He was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in his Jodhpur Ashram and was arrested for the same from Indore on September 01 last year. The 16-year old girl lodged a police compliant against him on August 20.
Later, two Surat-based sisters accused him and his son, Narayan Sai, of raping them. Narayan Sai was also arrested in the case and is in Surat jail at present. The younger sister has registered a complaint against him, while the elder sister accused Asaram of sexual assault.

Subsequently the police registered two complaints, one against Asaram and the other against his son. It was reportedly said that both the sisters hailed from a poor family and used to assist in making ayurvedic medicines at the ashram. It was also alleged that Asaram`s wife, Lakshmi, and his daughter, Bharti helped them in committing the acts.
The complaint against Narayan Sai was registered at Jhangirpura police station in Surat. The one against Asaram was transferred to Ahmedabad as the alleged incident happened there.

Asaram, 72, and Narayan Sai have steadfastly refuted the allegations and have called the whole thing as a conspiracy against them.