New Delhi: Self-styled godman Asaram is in the middle of yet another controversy with a case of sexual assault registered against him on the basis of a complaint by a 16-year-old girl. According to sources, the minor has alleged that she was asked to meet Asaram and was assaulted by him in his room while her parents were made to wait outside the room in Jodhpur.
The police have registered a case against Asaram. "We have received a complaint from a minor girl of sexual assault and accordingly we have registered a case against him," Joint CP Delhi, Tejinder Luthra said.
But his followers claim the allegation is as another attempt by Asaram's enemies to malign his image. "This is entirely a fake thing. Let the investigation happen and after the investigation, let the result come," Asaram's PRO Neelam Dubey said.
This is not Asaram's first encounter with controversies. In December 2009, a complaint was filed against him and two others for the murder of a former follower in Ahmedabad. In March 2010, the Gujarat government had reclaimed 67099sq metres in Ahmedabad that his ashram had allegedly encroached upon.
The Gujarat CID had filed a chargesheet against 7 office-bearers in September 2012 for the mysterious death of two boys in the ashram in 2008.
Asaram had also faced the wrath of several women rights activists when he had said that the victim of the infamous December 2012 Delhi gangrape was also to blamed for the incident.
His name had cropped up in another land deal controversy in January 2013 when the Serious Fraud Investigating Office had recommended his prosecution in a 700-crore rupee land grab case in Madhya Pradesh.
In February 2013, a case of a 24-year-old boy's death in Asaram's ashram in Jabalpur had also caught the headlines.
While Asaram's affair with controversies is not new, he has always been able to side away from the charges against him. Only time will tell whether this case will see its logical end or will this too run into oblivion.