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God of Sin: Read excerpt from Ushinor Majumdar's book which documents rise and fall of Asaram Bapu
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God of Sin: Read excerpt from Ushinor Majumdar's book which documents rise and fall of Asaram Bapu

When Asaram Bapu was arrested, Narayan Sai burst into the limelight with vigour. He was forty-one at the time, born in January 1972. Asaram’s closest aides handled all the work that needed to be done managing the godman’s empire, while Narayan Sai started to appear in the media. Read an excerpt from Ushinor Majumdar's book God of Sin.

SC dismisses Asaram Bapu's bail plea in connection with Gujarat sexual assault case, says 210 witnesses to be examined
India

SC dismisses Asaram Bapu's bail plea in connection with Gujarat sexual assault case, says 210 witnesses to be examined

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu in connection with the Gujarat sexual assault case lodged against him.

Narayan Sai, Asaram's son, gets life imprisonment in 2013 rape case; Surat court orders him to pay survivor Rs 5 lakh
India

Narayan Sai, Asaram's son, gets life imprisonment in 2013 rape case; Surat court orders him to pay survivor Rs 5 lakh

On 26 April, the court had convicted Narayan Sai in the 2013 rape case under IPC sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 323 (assault), 506-2 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (conspiracy).

The Accidental Prime Minister producer to make biopic on convicted self-styled godman Asaram Bapu
Entertainment

The Accidental Prime Minister producer to make biopic on convicted self-styled godman Asaram Bapu

Asaram Bapu was convicted for raping a minor girl in 2018 and is currently serving a life sentence.

Asaram's son, Narayan Sai convicted of rape by Surat court, sentence to be pronounced on 30 April
India

Asaram's son, Narayan Sai convicted of rape by Surat court, sentence to be pronounced on 30 April

A Gujarat court on Friday convicted Narayan Sai, son of jailed self-styled godman Asaram, in a rape case

'Feel like rape survivor': Karnataka Assembly Speaker not first politician to make bizarre comment on rape
Politics

'Feel like rape survivor': Karnataka Assembly Speaker not first politician to make bizarre comment on rape

Politicians and ministers often make callous statements on rape and drawn the anger of the public at large. Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is not the first to make such remarks in poor taste.

Gujarat minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama praises rape-convict Asaram's ashram for planning 'Matru-Pitru Divas' on 14 February
India

Gujarat minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama praises rape-convict Asaram's ashram for planning 'Matru-Pitru Divas' on 14 February

In a controversial move, a Gujarat minister has written to rape-convict Asaram’s ashram lauding them for celebrating 14 February, popularly known for Valentine’s Day celebrations, as ‘Matru-Pitru Divas’.

India's VIP prisoners: Jailed politicians, businessmen and godmen get special treatment; have TVs, ordered food at disposal
India

India's VIP prisoners: Jailed politicians, businessmen and godmen get special treatment; have TVs, ordered food at disposal

Many other political leaders and ministers accused of corruption have enjoyed jail privileges previously. For instance, Suresh Kalmadi (CWG scam), Kanimozhi and A Raja (2G scam) enjoyed various comforts during their stay in Tihar.

Firstpost Editor's Picks: Quota for upper castes, Yogi's tax to build cow shelters, Ravi Shastri on Team India, today's must read stories
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Firstpost Editor's Picks: Quota for upper castes, Yogi's tax to build cow shelters, Ravi Shastri on Team India, today's must read stories

From 10 percent reservation for economically backward upper caste, Yogi Adityanath government imposing 0.5 percent cess to build cow shelters, Ravi Shastri's 'best travelling Indian team in the last 15 years' proving true, today's must-read stories

Asaram Bapu's rise and downfall: Journalist Ushinor Majumdar on his book God of Sin, why god-men hold sway in India
India

Asaram Bapu's rise and downfall: Journalist Ushinor Majumdar on his book God of Sin, why god-men hold sway in India

Speaking about Asaram Bapu's influence, Ushinor Majumdar said that many godmen have a symbiotic relationship with powerful political leaders, where both feed off each other’s clout. He says this is where the line needs to be drawn, especially since politicians may not know what the godman is up to behind closed doors

SC approval of Witness Protection Scheme could be turning point in India's criminal justice system, but implementation is key
India

SC approval of Witness Protection Scheme could be turning point in India's criminal justice system, but implementation is key

The Witness Protection Scheme is a very comprehensive policy that is bound to change the dynamics of criminal law in India for good, but the real test is its implementation and enactment.

Witness Protection Scheme: SC directs Centre to implement law ‘in letter, spirit’; says majority of acquittals due to witness hostility
India

Witness Protection Scheme: SC directs Centre to implement law ‘in letter, spirit’; says majority of acquittals due to witness hostility

The top court said that Witness Protection Scheme, 2018 shall be the 'law' under Article 141 and 142 of the Constitution, till the enactment of suitable parliamentary or state legislations on the subject.

Supreme Court says it will direct states to implement draft witness protection scheme framed by Centre
India

Supreme Court says it will direct states to implement draft witness protection scheme framed by Centre

The issue of witness protection scheme had cropped up earlier when the top court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking protection for witnesses in rape cases involving self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu.

From Sri Sri to Baba Ramdev: Does Hinduism 'produce' more godmen than other faiths?
India

From Sri Sri to Baba Ramdev: Does Hinduism 'produce' more godmen than other faiths?

From Asaram Bapu, Ma Anandamayi, Baba Ramdev, Putuparthi Sai Baba and Sri Sri Ravishankar, over the past two decades Hindus have created several godmen

Asaram Bapu sends mercy plea to Rajasthan Governor, seeks dilution of life sentence, says it's a 'gruelling punishment'
India

Asaram Bapu sends mercy plea to Rajasthan Governor, seeks dilution of life sentence, says it's a 'gruelling punishment'

The Governor of Rajasthan has sent Asaram Bapu's mercy plea to the home department and has sought a detailed report.

Asaram's phone call to followers goes viral; godman claims time in jail will end soon and 'good days will come'
India

Asaram's phone call to followers goes viral; godman claims time in jail will end soon and 'good days will come'

A purported audio clip of Asaram has surfaced online in which the self-styled godman is heard telling a person over the phone that his time behind bars is "ephemeral" and that "good days will come"

Asaram Bapu convicted of rape: The reign of modern babas is sustained by deepening chasm between logic and faith
India

Asaram Bapu convicted of rape: The reign of modern babas is sustained by deepening chasm between logic and faith

Now the coverage of the Asaram Bapus and Gurmeet Ram Rahims show an almost unbridgeable chasm between the two worlds: the religious world and the so-called secular one.

ICC apologise for sending out a tweet relating to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
First Cricket News

ICC apologise for sending out a tweet relating to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday apologised and launched an investigation into a social media post relating to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that went out from its official handle.

Asaram convicted in rape case updates: Survivor's family 'relieved' after verdict; cops say efforts paid off
India

Asaram convicted in rape case updates: Survivor's family 'relieved' after verdict; cops say efforts paid off

Security was stepped up on in Jodhpur where prohibitory orders have already been clamped ahead of Wednesday's trial court verdict in the alleged rape of a teenager by self-styled godman Asaram.

Asaram Bapu's conviction rips off 'divine' mask, but babagiri will continue till govt regulates it like business
India

Asaram Bapu's conviction rips off 'divine' mask, but babagiri will continue till govt regulates it like business

How does a rapist like Asaram (Asumal Sirumalani) get revered as ‘Bapu’ for decades?