Asaram verdict reactions: Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu has been found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl from Shahajahanpur of Uttar Pradesh. Reacting to the verdict, Asaram's spokesperson said they will discuss the conviction with their legal team.
Asaram convicted: Even though India ranks 135 out of 147 countries on women empowerment in the United Nations Human Development Index, there have been rare instances when women have single-handedly fought for justice against people with power and have managed to get their conviction.
Asaram Bapu, who has been in jail since his arrest in 2013, is likely to get a jail sentence of 10 years if convicted in the case. Police have also tightened the security of the complainant, taking note of attacks on various witnesses in the past.
On April 12 last year, the apex court had asked the Gujarat trial court to expedite the recording of evidence of prosecution witnesses in a sexual assault case lodged by two Surat-based sisters against Asaram.