Asaram rape case verdict today, security tightened in several states

Ahead of Jodhpur court's verdict on self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's rape case, Delhi is on high alert, said the police on Tuesday.

The Ministry also told three states to deploy additional force in the places where there could be a chance of violence during or after the verdict.

The ministry also is in touch with the states concerned and Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has spoken to top level administrative and police officials over the issue. Meanwhile, the Jodhpur jail has been surrounded by tight security ahead of the verdict by a local court in the Asaram rape case on Wednesday. "We have made all arrangements for the judgment day", DIG Jail Vikram Singh said.

A special makeshift SC/ST court in Jodhpur will announce the verdict against Asaram and four of his associates, Sanchita, Sharad Chandra, Prakash and Sava Ram Hethvadiya.

Asaram is accused of raping a teenage girl from Shahajahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, who was studying his ashram at Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh.

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February 7, 2014: Jodhpur court frames charges against Asaram for rape, criminal conspiracy and other offences. The victim had alleged that Asaram had called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of 15 August 2013. "I have full faith in the judiciary and am confident that Asaram will be given the severest form of punishment", said the victim's father, PTI reported.

The district administration has stepped up security near the house of the victim. Security has also been beefed up outside the victim's residence.

A vigil was also being kept outside Asaram's ashram at Rudrapur, he said. They all are accused of raping a 16-year-old minor five years back in 2013. He was arrested from Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He is in judicial custody since September 2, 2013. If convicted, Asaram faces a maximum sentence of 10 years.

The police have also imposed Section 144 in Jodhpur until April 30, under which the assembly of more than four people at any place has been banned. According to Hindustan Times, Asaram, his personal caretaker Shiva and three of his followers were charged by Jodhpur Police in November 2014 for allegedly threatening to kill the station house officer (SHO) of Udaimandir police station on WhatsApp.

Both the roads towards the Central jail where Asaram is lodged have been sealed and only mediapersons are allowed outside the jail. He's applied for bail at least on seven occasions with court rejecting all his pleas.

  • Sonia Alvarado