Indian court jails popular guru for life over teen rape


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  • Thursday, 26 Apr 2018

In this file photo taken in October 2013 Indian spiritual guru Asaram Bapu (center) is escorted by state police as he leaves a local court in Gandhinagar, some 30 km from Ahmedabad. An Indian guru with millions of followers was found guilty April 25, 2018 of raping a teenage devotee on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits, a lawyer for the victim said. (AFP/Sam Panthaky).

An Indian guru with millions of followers was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for raping a teenage devotee on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits, his lawyer said.

Asaram Bapu, one of India's most charismatic and controversial "godmen", was given the maximum sentence at a closed jailhouse hearing in Rajasthan state, where hundreds of police were on high alert for a backlash from his disciples.

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