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Dera chief Ram Rahim sentenced to 20-year jail term for raping female followers

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Rohtak: The special CBI judge, on Monday, announced a 10-10-year separate jail term for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for raping two Sadhvis (female followers).

In other words, the Godman will have to undergo 20-year jail term for two separate rape cases. He was convicted for rape on August 25.

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The prosecution demanded maximum  punishment for the rape convict while the Dera chief’s defence argued that Ram Rahim is a social worker and urged the judge to take a lenient view.

The CBI urged the judge to treat the case as ‘rarest of rare’ during its argument.

Reports said that the Dera chief broke down in court and pleaded for leniency while the judge was reading out the sentence.

According to media reports, victims shouted slogans of ‘jail him (Ram Rahim) for life’ inside the court premises.

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Meanwhile, keeping the importance of the situation in mind, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh called for an emergency meeting.

ANI news agency reported incidences of violence in Sirsa, the headquarters of the sect.

At least two cars were torched by Dera supporters.

Ram Rahim was convicted by the CBI court on Friday in a rape case that dates back to 2002.

Following the verdict, Panchkula and Sirsa witnessed riots by the Ram Rahim followers resulting in 30 odd deaths.

–India Blooms News Service

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