Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh (born 15 August 1967) is an Indian guru, music producer, singer-songwriter, actor, and filmmaker. He has been the head of the social group Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) since 23 September 1990. The Indian Express placed Singh 96th in their list of the 100 most powerful Indians of 2015.
Singh has been accused of mocking Sikh and Hindu religious figures, as well as the Adivasi tribe. He has also been accused of rape, murder and ordering forced castrations. On 25 August 2017, he was convicted of rape by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court. His conviction led to widespread rioting, which left 38 people dead and over 300 injured. On 28 August 2017, Singh was sentenced to 20 years in jail for rape.
The Dera chief has also been fined Rs. 30 lakh.
The Dera chief sat on the floor and wept, screaming, “Please forgive me… I am innocent.”
He had to be led out of the court by commandos. He couldn’t stop weeping as he was taken for his medical tests, given prison wear and lodged in a cell. Ahead of the sentencing, thousands of soldiers enforced a lock-down in Rohtak and other parts of Haryana and Punjab, where Ram Rahim has a mass following. Police say 38 people were killed after Dera followers went on the rampage after his conviction.
During the arguments, the CBI, which investigated the Baba, said “he had sexually assaulted a victim who used to treat him as a father and used to worship him”.
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