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Friday, 18 January 2019

Life imprisonment for Ram Rahim for murdering Ramchander Chhatrapati


The special CBI court on 17, January 2019, sentenced the Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim Singh and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ramchander Chhatrapati. The court also imposed a fine of ₹50,000 each.
Ram Rahim- The Dera Sacha Sauda Chief


Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Ram Rahim was in news for raping his followers. A huge fan following created a riot like situation in Punjab and Haryana states of India in August 2017 after the court gave its verdict against a spiritual leader Gurmeet Singh.

Who was Ramchander Chhatrapati?

The case pertains to the murder of journalist Ramchander Chhatrapati in year 2002 after he published an anonymous letter in his evening newspaper ''Poora Sach'' by a female Dera follower who accused Gurmeet Ram Rahim of rape. Chhatrapati was shot five times outside his house. He succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
The murdered Journalist- Ramchander Chhatrapati

Who is Ram Rahim or Gurmeet Singh?

Ram Rahim or Gurmeet Singh is Dera Sacha Sauda Chief, who has been a self-claimed spiritual leader and a god like figure for some believers in India. However, the self-claimed god man launched a couple of Movies and some product in business, and fans had been a source of revenue as well.

He has been the head of the India-based socio-spiritual organization Dera Sacha Sauda since 23 September 1990. DSS oversees several social programmes, such as cleanliness campaigns, blood donation drives, tree planting, disaster relief, and support for transgender people.

What do believers think of him?

Supporters claimed that he was not guilty and a baseless letter was the cause of putting Ram Rahim in Jail. They considered it a conspiracy, and injustice.

Followers believe that he has been godlike figure, and protected so many prostitutes. Therefore, he is a spiritual leader, social reformer, actor, director and singer, so it is impossible for him to commit the crime.

What is the truth?

The Rape allegations against Gurmeet Ram Rahim go back to 2002, when a Dera (Ram Rahim’s Ashram) Sadhvi ( A woman who lives to serve) wrote a letter to then PM Atal Bihari Bajpayee saying that she was rape several times and so her companions.

In letter, the victim elaborated that she tried to communicate with her family and other devotees but, people had so much faith that they would deny anything against Gurmeet Singh.

Being famous spiritual celebrity with a morality tag, even if it does not exist, he could have killed the Sadhvi. So she wanted to be anonymous, but wanted a test to be conducted or a standard procedure to be followed so that the truth could come on the surface.

 In letter, the Sadhvi revealed her pain that people considered Sadhvis pure, but they were treated like prostitutes in Ashram and given the example of Lord Krishna’ who had Gopis for pleasing him.    

The Punjab and Haryana High court took sou motu – of its own accord and directed in May 2002 directed the District and Sessions Judge (Sirsa) to probe. However, the judge found that no one was willing to speak up.

The CBI examined 18 girls who had left the ashram, some of who said that the Dera chief, its management and his followers were “very dangerous people” and they feared for their lives if they spoke up.

It was in May-July 2006 that the CBI managed to convince two victims to share complete information. They gave a detailed account of what was happening inside the Dera chief’s rooms and what transpired to them in August 1999. One of them recorded her statement under Section 164 of the Cr.PC in March 2007.


 To get the whole copy of statement please CLICK ON THE link above, however. Since 2002, in August 2017, he was found guilty and awarded minimum 10 +10 years of jail.

Reaction of the crowd

The followers are psychological slaves often and too sentimental to understand justice. They denied evidence and ruling of the court. They protested heavily in Punjab and Haryana States, and partially Delhi was affected when the verdict was given in 2017.  Section 144 was imposed, that meant no gathering or crowd. However millions of devotees took to the streets and harmed the public properties. They attacked on news crews.

 Conclusion  

 Rapists/murderers should get punishments, and the justice is evidence based process. Political parties use influence of such gurus who are doing welfare of people for namesake publicity.

The spirituality tag should not be considered as the character certificate for someone.  Thanks to the CBI who took the case seriously and to the justice system that it did not show any mercy to such a criminal.