Who Is Asaram Bapu? Self Styled Godman To Rape Accused


NEW DELHI:  A trial court in Jodhpur Central Jail, in a shortwhile, will deliver its verdict in the rape case against Asaram Bapu. The self-styled godman is accused of raping a teenager from Shahajahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, who was studying at his ashram at Chhindwara. Asaram was arrested and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013 and he is in judicial custody since September 2. He has denied the rape charges. Security has been stepped up around the teenager’s house in Shahajahanpur and as per the directions of the union home ministry, security has been stepped up in Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh where he has a thousands of followers.
Asaram Bapu aka Asumal Thaumal Harpalani was born on April 17, 1941, in Sindh province of Pakistan.
After Independence, Asaram Bapu’s family moved to Ahmedabad in India, where his father started a business in coal and wood supply. 
He studied at Jai Hind High School upto class 3, and reportedly ran away to an ashram in Bharauch, according to a biographical book on him. 
At the age of 15, Asaram Bapu was married to Laxmi Devi. They have three children; one among them is Narayan Sai, who is an accused in one of the rape cases. 
A spiritual leader, Lilashah, took him as his disciple in October 1964. Between 1981 and 1999, both the Congress and BJP governments allotted Asaram’s ashram land for expansion. There are pending cases against him over encroachment of land in several courts.


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