Asaram Bapu: The Goddamn Godman

So the controversy courted him again and for a reason that a true Godman should never be associated with. But it is not the first time that something like this has happened.

Asaram Bapu, the self-styled godman, has been booked by Delhi Police in a sexual assault case, a 16-year old class 12th has filed against him.

Surprisingly the minor girl is a student of Chhindwara Gurukul, run by Asaram Bapu himself.

The Asaram Bapu’s ashram has always been scrutinized for being the center of controversies. In 2008, the dead bodies of two hostel inmates were found on the gurukul’s premises. Police arrested a 14-year old hostel inmate and the case closed.

A year later, the same gurukul was in headlines after the dead body of Sandhaya Chourasia (25), one of the woman teachers in ashram, was found in front of her house. According to police, she was in the teacher’s uniform that was torn. The case is still under investigation.

In 2013, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) reported his involvement in a Rs.700-crore land grab case in Madhya Pradesh. A month later, India woke up to the news of the death of 24-year-old Rahul Pachouri at his ashram in Jabalpur under mysterious circumstances. His son, Narayan Swami, who claims him to be an ‘Avatar’ of Lord Krishna, performs Rasa Lila with women and harasses them.

The question that most of us must be thinking is; Why Asaram? He would probably be the most controversy-courting ‘dharma-guru’ with most of the allegations associated with sexual harassment and mysterious death, the most heinous crimes.

I wonder what a godly figure, a 72-year old person, has to do with such immoral behavior. But as we say, ‘there is no smoke without fire’; even the most analytical minds may deny the possibility of any foul play.

You may give him a benefit of doubt (considering his reputation) in cases where evidences refuse to appear but what will you about his stupid remarks that he uses to make every now and then.

While scanning the news channels this morning, I stopped at a channel that was showing a video where our self-styled godman was suggesting medicine for men to cure impotency sounding more like a nymphomaniac. In one file video he was imitating a eunuch (kinnar as he said).

See what he said about the ‘Nirbhaya rape case, “Only 5-6 people are not the culprits. The victim daughter is as guilty as her rapists… She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so.”

How stupid is that! This statement clearly reflects his mental health. The day he made this crazy remark, he should have sent to some mental asylum as he is sick and needs treatment.

I sometime feel that we the people of India are equally responsible for the rise of these mentally challenged people as Godmen who then control our minds, in fact hypnotize us, under influence of which we couldn’t see their real selves; I could never understand how we let them do this to us.

Though it is not wise to pronounce him the convict on mere accusations (especially when it is a mundane affair), it is the time for the populace to come out of the hypnotism of these hyprocrites and abandon these ‘Godamn Godmen’.

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