Two separate complaints of sexual assault and rape were registered with the Jehangirpura police station here on Sunday against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai.
The complainants are two sisters,who had joined two different ashrams of Asaram in 1997 and 2002 respectively. They were allegedly confined and threatened. Complaints were also registered against Asarams wife and daughter,as both of them had allegedly threatened the victims.
The complaint of rape registered against Asaram was transferred to Ahmedabad City police as the alleged incident had taken place at his Motera-based ashram.
Both the victims are residents of Surat.
The police said that the sisters,both married now,came out against Asaram and his son following a recent complaint lodged by a minor girl in Rajasthan.
The police said that the elder sister was 14 years old when she joined Asarams Jehangirpura ashram in 1997; she stayed there as a sevika,and also travelled to Motera ashram. As per her allegations,from 2001 to 2007,she was regularly raped by Asaram. She has alleged that Asaram did unnatural sex with her many times. The younger sister was 17 when she joined Asarams ashram in Jehangirpura. From 2002 to 2005,she was allegedly raped by Narayan Sai at Gambhoi ashram in Sabarkantha and at another ashram in Patna. The younger sister allegedly had to accompany Narayan Sai at different places in Madhya Pradesh and Kathmandu.
The police said that the sisters were threatened by the disciples of Asaram and Narayan Sai,Asarams wife and daughter.
The younger sister returned home in 2005 and the elder in 2007.
The police have registered the complaints under various sections of the IPC.
Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthaana said,Both were allegedly repeatedly raped by Asaram and his son at different time intervals and at different places. We have registered case of molestation,sexual assault,unlawful confinement,threatening,and criminal conspiracy under various IPC sections. The investigation will be done professionally and we have made different teams in this case. We are trying to identify the location of Narayan Sai and attempts would be made to call him and record his statements. The reason for the girls approaching the police so late is that they were under social pressure and threatened by disciples of Asaram. Their husbands know about it. We will search for evidence. They were earlier working as sevikas and later making ayurvedic tablets. We will coordinate with the Rajasthan Police for Asarams custody.