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NEW DELHI: A day after two sisters filed cases of rape against godman Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai in Surat in Gujarat, police on Monday launched a hunt for the godman’s son as he has gone missing.
Surat Police Commissioner said they are hunting for the godman’s son after the two sisters filed a complaint alleging that they were raped by the godman and his son between 2001 and 2006.
While godman Asaram Bapu is already in jail on charges of raping a 16-year-old student, his son Narayan Sai is untraceable.
The Surat police chief said they have alerted immigration authorities to stop the godman’s son from escaping from the country.
As more and more women come out with complaints of molestation against Asaram Bapu after his arrest last month, anger is mounting against the godman who has a number of ashrams across India. His ashram at Jhotwara near Jaipur was ransacked by angry people on Monday, according to reports. People threw stones and damaged furniture and windowpanes of the ashram before police could come and chase them away.
The two sisters from Surat, who filed complaints of rape against the godman and his sons, worked in the medicine manufacturing unit of the godman’s ashram.
The FIR says the elder sister was raped by godman Asaram at his Ahmedabad ashram, and the younger sister was raped by his son Narayan Sai in Surat and Himmatnagar. The alleged rapes took place between 2001 and 2006.
As police in Gujarat hunt for the godman’s son, they are also seeking transfer remand of godman Asaram Bapu so that he could be brought from Jodhpur to Ahmedabad and questioned about the alleged rape by him.
The godman has been locked up in Jodhpur Central Jail in Rajasthan since September 2 for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl who was a student at the gurukul (school) run by him at Chhindwada in Madhya Pradesh.
The poor girl, who had fallen ill, was reportedly told by the keepers of the school that she is under the influence of evil spirits and needs to go to Asaram Bapu in Jodhpur where he would perform a special ritual for her health in an isolated place. When her family took the girl to Asaram Bapu out of reverence for the godman, he allegedly raped her on August 15 at his Manai ashram near Jodhpur.
Two days later, she broke down and narrated her ordeal to her parents who filed an FIR against the godman.
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