On Friday, 25 August 2017, a special CBI court found Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape. The Dera Chief was then immediately taken into judicial custody. Ram Rahim will be sentenced by the court on Monday, 28 August, 2017.
Dera Chief Rape Case
The rape allegations against Gurmeet Ram rahim Singh date all the way back to the year 2002. Ram Rahim’s crime came to light 15 years ago when a Dera sadhvi wrote a nameless letter to the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, visibly stating that she was raped by the Dera chief.
In the said letter, the sadhvi also blamed Gurmeet Ram Rahim Sign of raping several other female followers. And all this seems to have happened inside the expansive Dera campus, which is situated on the outskirts of Sirsa, in the state of Haryana.
The Punjab and Haryana high court took suo motu (meaning the courts acted on their own motion). The courts took the understanding of the sadhvi’s letter, and later on went ahead to direct the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) to register a sexual exploitation case against the Dera chief in the year 2002. The CBI, on the court’s order, immediately registered a case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, on the basis of the sadhvi’s letter.
18 sadhvis were interrogated. From the 18 sadhvis, two of them entirely demolished the accusations of rape against the transcendent leader. One of the sadhvi went on to say that her rape was “justified” on the so-called grounds that it would “purify” her.
*Both sadhvis who alleged that they were raped by Ram Rahim recorded their statements before the court. The duo also restated to the courts that they were raped. Their statements are now held as part of the CBI chargesheet. This chargesheet was eventually filed on July 30, 2007 in the special CBI court.
*One of the sadhvis also stated in her statement to the CBI that when she entered the Dera chief’s lavish chambers, the doors automatically began to close. Then, the sadhvi stated that she found him watching a pornographic movie on a big screen. The CBI is said to be investing severely on this very statement of sadhvi as only a select few people have access to Ram Rahim’s chamber.
*The trial against the Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh began in the year 2008. On September 6, 2008, Ram Rahim was finally charged under Section 376 (rape) and Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.