Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Rapist Gurmeet Skipped Dinner In Jail

Rapist Gurmeet Skipped Dinner In Jail

The son of a scribe, who was allegedly murdered 15 years back for trying to expose the exploitation of female disciples by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, on Monday welcomed the sentence handed to the self styled godman. "Security arrangements in Rohtak are still in place and public transport operations have not resumed", said Rohtak Inspector General of Police Navdeep S Virk.

The quantum of punishment was expected to be out by 2.30 a CBI court specially set up inside the jail premises in Sunaria, about 70 km from Delhi, where Ram Rahim has been lodged after his conviction on Friday.

The CBI court has also slapped a fine of Rs 30 lakh on him out of which Rs 14 lakh each will be provided as compensation to the two victims. His sentencing will be carried out behind locked doors inside the prison, Monday, in a move officials hope will prevent the guru's supporters gathering outside.

The announcement of punishment for the Dera Sacha Suda chief is expected to be announced at 4:00 pm. The prosecution wanted the case to be treated as "rarest of the rare".

The Central Bureau of Investigation said Singh would serve two consecutive ten-year terms for the two rapes. "No road closures, Metro remains as per schedule", he said. Security forces were deployed to contain the situation, with the high court asking the government to use force if necessary.

The conviction of the Dera chief on charges of raping two of his women followers had sparked widespread protests across Haryana, in which at least 38 people were killed and over 260 injured.

"My father's case is also being heard by the same judge who convicted the Dera head in two rape cases".

After getting the report, the HC had referred the matter to the CBI for probe into the allegations levelled in the letter.

"Bravo to d women, CBI court & Justice Singh".

Local government cut off mobile internet and text messaging services on Thursday, Aug. 24, ahead of a verdict in the trial of cult leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on rape charges, NDTV reported. The court also ordered the administration to seize the properties of dera to recover the losses caused by the rampaging mob.

The case has also highlighted the Indian heartland's fascination with spiritual gurus, who enjoy huge political clout for their ability to mobilise millions of followers frustrated by the shortcomings of the state. The arguments were completed on August 17.

As Ram Rahim Singh was "a very influential figure", the judge said "he must be sentenced appropriately to send a deterring message for potential offenders".

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