Asaramís camp vandalised, visit to Kumbh opposed

A camp set up at Kumbh Mela ground for Asaram Bapu's discourse was vandalised while several outfits have opposed the proposed visit of the self-styled godman, who has drawn flak for his remarks on the Delhi gangrape victim, at the religious congregation here.

The gateway to the grandiose camp, where the godman is likely to stay and deliver pravachans for three days, was vandalised and set afire on Wednesday. However, police claim that it was not clear who were responsible for the incident.

The godman is scheduled to visit the city on January 14 to take part in the Maha Kumbh congregation.

A number of religious organisations like Sannyasi Parishad, Akhil Bharatiya Sant Mahasabha and Akhil Bharat Purohit Mahasabha have issued statements asserting that they will oppose the visit of Asaram.

His recent statements that the rape victim could have saved her honour by having begged for mercy before the perpetrators have sparked a furore. However, he chose to stick to his views and invidiously dismissed the critics as "dogs who bark while an elephant goes his way".

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