In some fresh trouble for Asaram who is accused of raping a minor girl in his Jodhpur ashram last year, an unidentified woman reached Jodhpur court on Monday claiming she is Asaram’s wife.
However, the lady is reportedly married in Jodhpur and hasn’t filed any sexual harassment case against Asaram till now. It is not clear what her intentions are and whether she will become a party in the sexual assault case against Asaram.
On February 8, Jodhpur District and Sessions Court Judge Manoj Kumar Vyas had framed charges against the self-styled godman under sections 342 (for wrongful confinement), 354A (sexual harassment), 370(4) (trafficking), 376(2)f (rape on a woman when she is under twelve years of age), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509/34 and 120 (B) (Criminal conspiracy).
He was also charged under section 23 and 26 of Juvenile Justice Act and section 5(f)/6, 5(g)/6 and 7/8 of POCSO Act. The charges attract a maximum of life imprisonment.
Two other accused Shiva and Prakash were also framed under the same sections except section 109/120(B) instead of plain 120(B) and section 7/8 read with section 17 of POCSO Act instead of plain section 7/8 of POCSO Act. They were however not charged under JJ Act.
The defence had said they were mulling filing a petition against the order.
“Since, the charges on Asaram are redundant, we are exploring the possibilities of filing a revision petition,” Pradeep Choudhary, counsel for Asaram had said.