The Surat periods court, which has sentenced self-styled godman Narayan Sai for all times in a rape case of his “devotee”, has noticed that the convict couldn’t be let off with weak punishment as a result of folks noticed him as a “role model”.
“If such type of convict (Sai) is been (sic) given weak punishment, it might lead and motivate his followers (on the same path). When a person is seated on such a high position, where people in the society see him… as their role model and follow him, and such a religious leader doing such type of acts should not be tolerated,” the 594-page order pronounced by Additional Sessions Judge P S Gadhvi on April 30, states.
Taking a be aware of how she was trapped, the court order states, “Sai would identify himself as (an) avatar of Lord Krishna… During prasad distribution ceremony, Sai would give a cue to the loyal devotees and servants at Jehangirpura (ashram in Surat) to tell the ‘chosen one’ that she was accepted as Gopi (consort)… before taking her into a special room…”
The rape case was lodged by a former feminine devotee with Surat police in 2013. The court has additionally directed Sai to pay the sufferer a compensation of Rs 5 lakh.
His two different feminine devotees — Ganga alias Dharmishta Mishra and her sister Jamna alias Bhavna Pate — in addition to Hanuman alias Kaushal Thakur have been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment whereas, Ramesh Malhotra was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment.
In her statements to the police, which had been taken on report within the court, the sufferer had talked about that she feared the political, monetary and muscle energy of Sai and his father Asaram Bapu. So she couldn’t muster braveness to method the Surat police until a teen woman lodged a criticism of rape towards Asaram.
The Surat sufferer and her elder sister have been raped by Sai and Asaram respectively.
Sai’s lawyer B M Gupta mentioned they may method the Gujarat High Court.
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