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

Asaram Bapu

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".

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