Fresh sexual assault complaints have been registered against controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai here after two sisters accused the duo of abusing them.
Asaram,75,was arrested in August on charges of sexually assaulting a minor girl and has been in prison at Jodhpur in Rajasthan since then.
“We have registered two complaints,one against Asaram and another against Narayan Sai of sexual assault,illegal confinement and other charges,” Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said on Sunday.
“The victims are two sisters,” he said.
The complaint against Narayan Sai has been registered at Jhangirpura police station in Surat,while the one against his father Asaram has been transferred to Ahmedabad as the alleged incident happened there,Asthana said.
The police will question Narayan Sai in connection with the complaint shortly,he said.
The older sister in her complaint is understood to have accused Asaram of sexual assault,while the younger one filed a complaint against his son. The incidents reportedly happened between 2001 and 2006.
After the schoolgirl filed her complaint of sexual assault against Asaram,the two sisters came forward to file their complaint against the self-styled godman and his son,the police officials said.
“After the uproar over the complaint of the schoolgirl,the sisters mustered the courage and talked about their sexual abuse to their husbands and other family members. After this,they decided to come forward and file their complaint,” they said.
The older sister became an Asaram Bapu devotee and lived in his Motera ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad between 1997 and 2006 when the alleged sexual assault by Asaram took place.
The younger sister was allegedly sexually assaulted between 2002 to 2006 at Asaram’s Surat ashram. She alleged in her complaint that Narayan Sai sexually exploited her,they said.
Both the sisters left the ashram later and got married,the officials said.