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Asaram 'Bapu Maharaj': From ghetto boy to godman to jailbird

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Just after Partition, Thaumal Harpalani moved from Berani village in Pakistan’s Sindh with his wife Menhgiba and son Asumal to Ahmedabad. What followed was the typical story of survival in a refugee ghetto. They lived in the Sardarnagar area, where most Sindhi refugee families were resettled.


Asumal helped his father with his timber and coal businesses in Maninagar and then at a grain shop in the Kalupur area of the city. When he was 10, his father died, but he still did his bit for the family business. But when he was 15, Asumal ran away.



He reached an ashram in Bharuch, run by Lilasha Maharaj, but the maharaj convinced him to go back home. Which he did, but eight years later, Asumal, then 23, ran away again. This time, Lilasha accepted him as a disciple and named him ‘Sant Shri Asaram Bapu Maharaj’. This was October 1964.

Seven years later, in 1971, Asaram returned to Ahmedabad. As his popularity soared, so did his fortunes. At his peak, Asaram — now 77 — reportedly ran an empire worth thousands of crores of rupees, with over 400 ashrams in India and abroad.


https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/asaram-bapu-maharaj-from-ghetto-boy-to-godman-to-jailbird/articleshow/63917916.cms

 
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Raping girls no sin for 'Brahmgyani' like him, believed Asaram.

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Sachar, who was close to Asaram and had access to his 'kutia' or abode, deposed that he had seen Asaram molesting girls in his ashrams
  • The prosecution witness had also disclosed to the court that the three girls staying with Asaram were also involved in abortion of the godman's victims.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...-him-believed-asaram/articleshow/63926466.cms


Just for that belief, Assaram should be HANGED.


 
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Why the Asaram rape case verdict matters

A Jodhpur court on Wednesday handed life imprisonment to 79-year-old Asaram, a self-styled godman, for raping a minor girl at his ashram in Rajasthan. He was booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The conviction and adequate sentencing (imprisonment till the end of a person’s natural life) could not have come at a more critical time in India: In the last few months, a plethora of rape cases, including of several minors, has been reported across the country. The conviction and sentencing of a powerful, socially and politically connected man such as Asaram should encourage more victims of sexual abuse to overcome the fear of social stigma and concerns about a slow investigative and legal process and give them the courage to report their cases to the police.

Here’s why it is important to make the environment more conducive for victims of sexual abuse to speak out. Even though social, legal and media support for them have increased noticeably after the December 16, 2012, gang rape case, an analysis of the 2015-16 National Family Health Survey done by the newspaper Mint shows that an estimated 99.1% of sexual violence cases are still not reported, and, in most such instances, the perpetrator is the husband of the victim. The average Indian woman is 17 times more likely to face sexual violence from her husband than from others, the analysis added. In India, marital rape is still not a crime. Even if one excludes marital rape and assault from the analysis, the extent of reporting sexual violence is still small, the report said. Only about 15% of sexual violence committed by others (someone other than the current husband) is reported to the police.


[FONT=&quot]One of the main reasons why self-styled godmen such as Asaram, Nirmal Baba, Rampal and Ram Rahim Singh get the courage to abuse women and indulge in other illegal activities is because they think that they can get away with it, thanks to political patronage and huge bases of followers. It is high time for political leaders across party lines to keep their distance from such men.[/FONT]

https://www.hindustantimes.com/editorials/why-the-asaram-rape-case-verdict-matters/story-4kC1eqpq7mVPbWZoLoGNQM.html
 
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