Police arrest Indian guru over teen sex assault claim
AFPJODHPUR, India--Police have arrested a popular Indian spiritual guru for an alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old schoolgirl at a religious retreat, a local official said Sunday.
September 2, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Asaram Bapu, one of many self-styled Hindu “godmen” who attract large numbers of followers, was arrested shortly after midnight on Sunday in the central town of Indore.
The 72-year-old was then flown to the western city of Jodhpur where the alleged assault on the girl — whose parents were members of his congregation — took place, local police official Ajay Pal Lamba said.
The guru had earlier failed to report to a police station voluntarily, despite being given a deadline that ended last Friday.
Deputy police commissioner in Jodhpur, Lamba told AFP: “An opportunity was given to Asaram Bapu for presenting his version regarding the allegation leveled against him by the 16-year-old girl.”