Gangraped girl's family rages at Asaram Bapu, says will burn all of guru's books over outrage

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The family of 23-year-old Delhi gangraped girl has taken a strong exception to Asaram Bapu's controversial statement on the girl, terming it as "illogical".

"It is an absolutely illogical statement least expected from him," the family told newspersons here.

"We had immense respect for Asaram Bapu and also have many books related to him but as soon as we get back to Delhi we would put them on fire," the brother of the deceased said terming the statement as "very cheap and downgrade."

"Godman or saints can never say anything of this sort... It only exposes his mentality," the family said.

Asaram Bapu had yesterday said that the rape and murder would not have happened if the victim had called the rapist killers her brothers.

Referring to the growing incidents of rape, the family said that strict laws were necessary to check the crime against women and also for changing the attitude of the people.

The father of the paramedical student said that the family had great hopes that she would recover when she was being taken to Singapore for treatment.

Meanwhile the district administration is preparing for the "terahi" (ritual related to death) of the girl on January 12.

ASP Ashok Tripathi said that though there is no confirmation of VVIPs attending the function, the district magistrate has started preparations in case any of the VVIPs decide to attend it.

A helipad is also being prepared in the village.

Plea reaches court for criminal case against Asaram Bapu

Lucknow: An application was today moved in a local court here seeking direction to lodge a criminal case against spiritual leader Asaram Bapu for his remarks in connection with the Delhi gang-rape case.

The application was moved in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajesh Upadhyaya by social activist Madan Lal Shukla.

The applicant has alleged that Asaram Bapu made the statement to insult women, which was an offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), his counsel Pramod Kumar said.

The words of the spiritual leader were deplorable not only for the victim, but for entire womanhood, he alleged.

In the petition, Shukla also said he wrote a letter to the Director General of Police, but allegedly no action was taken.

The CJM court has sought a report from Hazratganj police on the application and fixed January 22 as the next date of hearing.

Asaram Bapu recently courted controversy for suggesting that the victim of the brutal sexual assault in Delhi was equally responsible for the crime and saying she could have called her assailants brothers and begged them to stop.

The young woman was gang-raped on the night of December 16 in a moving bus and died nearly a fortnight later at a Singapore hospital.

Congress hits out at Asaram Bapu

New Delhi, Jan 8 (PTI) Congress today hit out at spiritual leader Asaram Bapu for his controversial remarks against the Delhi gangrape victim and then against the media saying they "reflect a very sick and unhealthy mind".

Party spokesperson P C Chacko rued that at a time when the whole nation is outraged over this heinous crime, these "so-called spiritual leaders" are "aggravating the problem" with such utterances, which no civilised society can endorse.

"He made a statement and today he is blaming the media... the statement is condemnable and atrocious. It reflects a very sick mindset of these leaders. They should refrain from making such utterances," Chacko said.

Unfazed by the outrage sparked by his remark against the Delhi gangrape victim, Asaram Bapu today sought to justify the comments and compared all those criticising him to "barking dogs".

Asaram also compared himself to an elephant who will not respond to "barking dogs" and said his remarks in connection with the December 16 gangrape incident were misconstrued by the media and his critics.

He was at the centre of a controversy yesterday after he suggested that the 23-year-old gangrape victim was equally responsible for the ghastly crime and said the girl could have called her assailants brothers and begged them to stop.

Chacko also criticised Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar, who reportedly said that crimes against women were happening as their stars were in adverse positions.

The Congress spokesperson said it was unfortunate that people are making "irresponsible" statements saying these coming from any quarter have to be condemned as they affect the country's image.

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