`Asaram had physical relations with Madhya Pradesh hostel warden`

Last Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:08

Zee Media Bureau

Jodhpur: In a startling disclosure, Asaram Bapu`s caretaker Shiva has revealed that the self-styled godman had physical relationship with Madhya Pradesh`s Chhindwara gurukul hostel warden Shilpi.

Asaram, who was arrested for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, is currently in judicial custody.

According to a newspaper, Shiva has revealed that the spiritual guru allegedly gifted Shilpi two flats, one in Delhi and another in Ahmedabad.

Shiva, who has been in custody for a few days now, has told interrogators that Shilpi used to send many girls and women to Asaram regularly.

Shiva has also revealed that the spiritual guru used to meet women alone in his meditation hut in order to "heal" them.

Regarding the rape charges against Asaram, the aide told police that Shilpi and another hostel attendant Keshav had "scared the minor girl`s parents that she was possessed by an evil spirit and they should take her to Asaram for some religious rituals".

Shiva was outside the room in which the girl was assaulted. Shilpi is on the run.
The 16-year-old girl alleged that the sexual assault took place on August 15 at Asaram`s ashram outside Jodhpur city and the complaint was filed by her on August 20. The spiritual guru has denied the charge. Police, however, claimed they had a water-tight case against him.

In her statement, the girl also said that Asaram was named when she entered the room. He then switched off the lights, touched her inappropriately and kissed her.

Asaram also asked her to perform oral sex, said the girl.

Asaram, who was arrested from his ashram in Indore in Madhya Pradesh last week, sought bail claiming that police erred in booking him under rape charge, which is non-bailable.

First Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:01

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