Asaram Bapu, the godman, and three who had been accused in the rape case have been convicted by the Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court, while two have been acquitted. Security measures are already being taken by the Jodhpur authorities, in the situation if violence erupts because of the verdict. Asaram and his associates, namely, Sanchita alias Shilpi, Sharad Chandra alias Sharat Chandra, Prakash and Shiva alias Sava Ram Hethvadiya have been accused to raping an underage girl of sixteen years old. Asaram, however has declined that he raped the girl, and his supporters have been furiously leading a social media campaign to spread the message that he is innocent. Section 144 has been imposed on the entire city, to maintain peace and decorum.
Asaram’s victim, has stated that he though she felt that she was saved after he went to jail, and had begun to take computer coaching classes, she then had to suffer many threats from a variety of sources. She said that Asaram had lured her by saying that he was god, and told her that she’d be successful in life if she serviced him.
Her parents had also told her not to create a controversy in the matter, and that she’ll be fine if she kept her mouth shut and didn’t accuse anyone for the crimes.