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NEW DELHI: Police have found a secret cellar for female rituals at one of Asaram Bapu’s ashrams in Gujarat even as the godman was remanded to four-day police custody on Tuesday after he was brought from Jodhpur to Ahmedabad for questioning him about the rape case filed by two sisters from Surat last week.
Two sisters from Surat filed the rape case against the 72-year-old godman and his son for allegedly raping them repeatedly over the years when they worked in the godman’s Surat and Ahmedabad ashrams.
The elder sister has alleged that she was raped by the godman himself from 1997 and 2006 when she was living in his Ahmedabad ashram.
The younger sister has alleged that she was repeatedly raped by Narayan Sai between 2002 and 2006 when she was living in the godman’s Surat ashram.
Police sought Asaram Bapu’s remand as they wanted to question him as the alleged rape by him happened almost a decade ago. Asaram Bapu’s son Narayan Sai remains untraced and has sought bail through his lawyers.
Meanwhile, police have been trying to gather evidence in the rape case against the godman and his son by raiding their ashrams in Gujarat.
The cops reportedly found a cellar at his son Narayan Sai’s ashram in Gambhoi in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat during a raid on Friday. The cellar, reports say, is used to perform female rituals. The cellar walls are full of photos of Narayan Sai and the girls in his ashram.
The raid was conducted by police from Surat where the alleged rape of the younger sister by Narayan Sai took place as per the FIR filed by the two sisters. Narayan Sai reportedly used to bring girls from all over India to his ashram.
Allegations of exploitation of girls by Narayan Sai at his Gambhoi ashram have also surfaced in the past. In 2008, Avin Verma, a 22-year-old sadhvi, had alleged that she saw girls being exploited by Narayan Sai. She had alleged that Narayan Sai would play Lord Kirshna’ and order all the girls to become his ‘gopis’.
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