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The murky world of Dera Sacha Sauda where being raped by Gurmeet Ram Rahim was called 'Pitaji's Maafi'
First-hand accounts of the two Dera sadhvis who were raped by self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh in 2002, finally led to his conviction by a CBI court in Panchkula on Friday.

The two disciple women of Dera Sacha Sauda had recorded their statements before the judges in 2009 and 2010.

In their depositions under oath in front of the CBI judges, the two women narrated the sequence of events, the horrific tales of how the all powerful Dera chief used to rape them and other women of the Dera inside his 'gufa' (an underground chamber that served as the Dera chief's living quarters).

According to a report published by Times of India, which has access to statements of the rape victims, the survivors have said that the Dera chief used to flaunt his demigod status while raping them.

According to the victims, most women chose to stay at the Dera because they were either impressed by the stature of Ram Rahim or their family members were staunch followers of Dera Sacha Sauda.

One of the victims hailing from Yamunanagar (Haryana) had deposed before special CBI judge AK Verma on February 28, 2009. She revealed that she had started living in the Dera in July 1999 because of her brother, who was later killed while seeking justice for her.

The sadhvi further said that she did not initially understand when other women of the Dera asked her whether she had been granted 'maafi by pitaji' (the Dera chief is referred to as 'pitaji' at Dera Sacha Sauda).

However, it became clear to her when she was summoned inside the gufa on August 28/29, 1999 and raped by Gurmeet.

Another sadhvi, a resident of Sirsa (Haryana), who had deposed before the court on September 9, 2010, said that she had joined the Dera in June 1998 as her parents used to be teachers over there.

She said in her deposition that in September, 1999, while guarding the gufa, she was called inside and raped by the Dera chief, who also threatened her not to reveal anything.

The Dera chief was charged under Section 376 (rape) and Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code on September 6, 2008.

Ironically, Gurmeet Ram Rahim has constantly denied these charges telling the court that he is "not capable of" engaging in physical relations. But then, how did he father three children, is a pertinent question! Surprisingly, although Gurmeet Ram Rahim has three biological children, there are no available photographs of his wife.

And, we also know that Baba is a 'Love Charger'.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim also faces trial in two separate murder cases – of Dera follower Ranjit Singh in July 2002 and journalist Ram Chander Chattrapati in October that same year.

Although Gurmeet Ram Rahim calls himself a fakir, his religious cult's annual income is over Rs 60 crore. No wonder he drives expensive luxury cars.

It seems that law has finally caught up with the Baba. Perhaps it's time for this demigod to seek redemption from God himself and also the time for his over 5 crore followers across the globe to ponder over the reasons that they followed him until now!

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