Indian authorities «made it clear» information about the sentence for guru-rapist

© 2017 AFP / Tauseef MustafaУ the building of the government institution in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Archival photoIndian authorities «made it clear» information about the sentence for guru-rapist© 2017 AFP / Tauseef Mustafa

Influential spiritual leader Gurmit RAM Rahim Singh, who was accused of raping followers, at the end of the process in India, received ten years in prison, but twice, reports Agence France Presse with reference to the Indian Central Bureau of investigation (CBR).

On the ten-year sentence originally said the lawyers of the guru.

«It must be an error has occurred in communications… Ten years for each case, which means 20 years in the two Affairs», — said the representative office.

The hearing took place in Rohtak, Haryana at reinforced security measures. As the defendant, and the judge was taken to Rohtak by helicopter from Panchkula. The verdict was read in the prison of the city Rohtak, the approaches to which are blocked by police to avoid a repeat of the riots that occurred last week during the verdict.

Last Friday, after a conviction in several cities in Haryana and Punjab riots broke out. The clashes between the followers of the spiritual leader and the police were 38 people, most of whom were supporters of Rama Rahim, another 250 were injured. In Haryana and parts of Punjab on Monday closed schools and colleges, and in some areas off the services of mobile cellular communication.

The case against Rama Rahim was started in 2002 after the authorities and the media received an anonymous letter from a follower who accused him of rape and reported on other such cases. Investigators were able to find two followers, who had personally put forward similar accusations. In addition, RAM Rahim in the framework of another case is accused of forced castration of 400 men under the pretext that it «will make them closer to God.»

Spiritual community «Dera Sacha Sudra» was founded in 1948 and is based in Sirsa, Haryana, having units and, according to media reports, about 50 million followers in various parts of India and several countries of the world. Gurmit RAM Rahim Singh led the community in 1990, but in 2015 also produces its own films and starred in them, positioning himself as a filmmaker. Over the years, the RAM Rahim which followers believe «Holy», has gained considerable influence in the country. So, in the 2015 edition of the Indian Express included it in the list of the most influential people in India.

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