The 76-year old self-declared saint is accused of raping a teen girl at his ashram in Jodhpur in 2013.
Days after figuring in Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad’s list of fake saint, self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu now described himself as a donkey. The ‘fake’ religious guru’s reaction came while he was speaking to reporters, outside a court after his latest hearing. With a journalist being curious to know the category where Asaram sees himself, the infuriated sadhu replied, “the category of donkeys.”
The 76-year old self-declared saint is accused of raping a teen girl at his ashram in Jodhpur in 2013. Despite seven attempts to plead for a bail, the court has always turned down his request and Asaram had been in jail since 2013.
Last week, Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the apex body of saints and sadhu’s in India released a list of ‘fake babas’ thereby warning devotees to avoid consulting them in any religious or spiritual matter. The Akhara consists of 14 groups across the country. Also on the list of ‘fake sadhu’ were Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Raadhe Maa, Swami Aseemanand, Nirmal Baba and Rampal. These self-anointed gurus and bapus who, riding on their mass popularity, financial strength and political connections, have become leaders of various cults. They have been called out by the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) as “charlatans who have brought disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis”.
The Parishad’s president Swami Narendra Giri said: “We appeal to the common people to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts, bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis… As per the Hindu way of life, only followers of the age-old tradition of Sanyasi, Nath, Vaishnav, Shaiv, Udasin, Nirmal and Guru Nanak sects are saints.” Apart from these, no self-proclaimed godman or godwoman should be considered a saint as they are neither part of any akhara, nor ordained.”