Asaram supporters outside Jodhpur jail, want to worship him

Last Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:47

Zee Media Bureau

Jodhpur: The supporters of Asaram Bapu, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, on Thursday gathered outside Jodhur jail where the self-styled godman is lodged.

The followers wanted to meet the controversial spiritual guru so they can worship Asaram on the occasion of Purnima.

In a setback to Asaram, in jail for alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl, the Rajasthan High Court yesterday deferred till October 1 the hearing on his bail application.

A 16-year-old girl on Aug 20 lodged a police complaint, accusing Asaram of sexually assaulting her at his ashram near Jodhpur.

Asaram was arrested from his ashram in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and brought to Jodhpur September 1.

Asaram 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.

Asaram, 72, had sought bail claiming that police erred in booking him under a rape charge, which is non-bailable.

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First Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:11

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