Gujarat court finds Asaram’s son Narayan Sai guilty of rape, sentencing on 30 April

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A court in Gujarat has convicted Narayan Sai, son of jailed controversial godman Asaram, in a rape case. The sessions court in Surat, which held Sai guilty of rape, will pronounce the quantum of punishment on 30 April.

Narayan Sai

Two sisters in Surat had alleged in 2013 that they were repeatedly raped by both Asaram and his son Narayan Sai during their stay at their ashram. One of them, according to news agency PTI, had accused Narayan Sai of repeatedly raping her between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at his ashram.

Asaram has been convicted in a rape case in Jodhpur and is serving a life term. Asaram had broken down in the courtroom after hearing his sentence. Two other convicts namely Shilpi alias Sanchita Gupta and Sharatchandra were handed out 20 years each in jail.

This was just hours after the court had found them guilty of raping a teenager from Uttar Pradesh at Asaram’s ashram. Sharatchandra was the director of Chhindwara residential school where the 16-year-old girl was studying in Class 12, and Shilpi worked there as the warden of her hostel.