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Self styled godman Asaram convicted for rape of teenager, sentenced for life

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Self styled godman Asaram has been convicted in the rape case of a 16-year-old girl at his ashram in Rajasthan five years ago in 2013.

The verdict was announced by special judge of Jodhpur court Madhusudan Sharma on Wednesday, April 25. His close aides Sharatchandra and Shilip Gupta were sentenced to imprisonment for 20 years. Co-accused Shiva and Prakash were acquitted.

Convict Asaram broke down and cried on hearing the verdict. Reports said that nine witnesses who dared to testify against Asaram were attacked, three of them died. Asaram was being tried under sections 342 (Wrongful confinement), 376(2)(F) (Rape of a minor girl), 376 D, IPC 354 A (Outraging the modesty of a woman), 506 (Criminal intimidation) and 109 (Abetment to an offence) of Indian Penal Code.

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