Asaram Bapu was born Asumal Sirumalani in April 1941 in Berani village, which is now in Pakistan. Asaram came to Ahmedabad in the early 70s. He later went on to open at least 400 ashrams across the country. He has thousands of followers in India. A trial court in Jodhpur on April 25, 2018, found Asaram guilty of raping a minor girl in August 2013 and sentenced him to life imprisonment.