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We were threatened, attacked and offered bribe by Asaram: Rape survivors father

Self-style godman Asaram Bapu and others accused in 2013 rape case have been convicted by Jodhpur court on Wednesday morning.
Asaram Bapu (Photo source: Wikipedia)

After self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu was convicted by Jodhpur court after five years on Wednesday morning for raping a teenager, the family of the victim heaved a sigh of relief. The father of the rape survivor said that they were threatened, attacked and offered bribe to pull their case back by Asaram and his people.

The father also said that today his daughter is happy due to the godman’s conviction.

As per a report in NDTV, the father said, Over the years, every trick in the book was used to get the girl to withdraw her case. “We were threatened, attacked, offered bribe. All tactics were employed. He faked illness on many occasions, took permission to wear clothes of his choice and get food he wanted. The court saw through his lies.

He further said that nine witnesses against the godman were attacked, out of which three died. We faced so many hardships. Witnesses were even attacked in court but we are finally happy that the accused has been convicted, said the relieved father.

The self-style godman along with two others were accused in the 2013 for raping the 16-year-old teenager in Asaram’s ashram near Jodhpur.

Judge Madhu Sudan Sharma had announced the verdict for raping a 16-year-old in August 2013. The godman has been held guilty under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) and JJ (Juvenile Justice) Act.  However, the quantum of punishment is unknown. The minimum punishment in this case is minimum 10 years of imprisonment.

Asaram, who was arrested in 2013 and has been in Jodhpur Central jail since then, was also accused in a double rape case in Surat. Asarams son Narayan Sai has also been accused in the double rape case.

Asaram and his son have been alleged to have raped and illegally confined two sisters between 2001 and 2006. However, the trial is ongoing in Gujarat court.

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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