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NEW DELHI: A female aide of godman Asaram Bapu, who is in jail for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old minor last month, surrendered before a court in Jodhpur on Wednesday.
Shilpi, who is the warden at Asaram’s Gurukul ashram in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh where the 16-year-old girl was a student, is the key accused in the molestation case against the godman.
It was Shilpi who allegedly conspired to send the girl from Chhindwara to the godman in Jodhpur by telling her that she was under the influence of evil spirits and that the godman will perform special rituals to get rid of these evil spirits.
The girl was allegedly molested by the godman on the night of August 15 when she was with him alone in his ashram at Manai near Jodhpur.
Shilpi surrendered before the Jodhpur district and sessions court on Wednesday after her anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Rajasthan high court. She was sent to police custody.
Shilpi is the third key aide of the godman to surrender in the molestation case. Chhindwara Gurukul hostel caretaker Sharad Chandra and cook Prakash have already surrendered.