New Delhi: Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Tuesday demanded strict action against Asaram Bapu after he was booked on charges of forcing a 16-year-old girl to take part in an act of unnatural sex at a Jodhpur ashram a week ago.
He said the controversial self-styled godman must be hanged.
“What Asaram Bapu has done is inhuman, he must be hanged,” Dasgupta told media here.
“He should be hanged. I feel shamed myself. The anger should burst into flames. I have no idea why the government of Rajasthan is not talking any step,” he added.
The Jodhpur Police had yesterday given summon to the godman’s representatives at his Ahmedabad ashram as Asaram’s wasn’t personally present there.
As per the summon issued yesterday, 72-year-old Asaram has to appear before the Jodhpur Police for questioning within four days.
The self-styled godman claimed on Sunday night that he was innocent and regards the minor as his "daughter". His spokesman has also denied the charges against him.
He has been booked under Sections 376, 342, 506 and 509 of the IPC, Section 8 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Sections 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act.
Besides the summons served on Asaram Bapu, notices have also been issued to the manager of Chhindwara gurukul in Madhya Pradesh, hostel warden and the main caretaker of Asaram, who was present at Manai ashram in Jodhpur with him on August 15, when the alleged sexual assault took place there.
The girl was studying in Asaram`s Chhindwara gurukul before she was sent to Jodhpur ashram, television reports said.
Asaram Bapu has also reportedly admitted that he met the girl at his ashram in Jodhpur, but has denied her allegations of a sexual assault. The girl is from Uttar Pradesh.