The chief of Dera Sacha Sanda at Haryana, the god-man, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been convicted in a rape case by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 30 lakhs.
God-men, getting arrested is very common in the country and they are being glorified for divinity and spirituality; in fact it has become either routine or a seasonal occurence. To bridge the reading/hearing gap between the Vedas and Dharma, Puranas were created. Similarly to bridge the gap between the concept of god and the worshipping devotees, god-men are being created. The god-man trend is mushrooming owing to the sheep- yard like congregation of gullible devotees, falling at the feet of god-men with financial offerings, enabling them to amass enormous wealth for them. Usually the capital for many ventures is finance but in case of god-manship only ‘god’ is the capital.
The background of activities of god-man, Gurmeet Ram Rahim has the support of the saffron rulers of Haryana State. The verdict of the court has been delivered in two stages viz. conviction and punishment with the sentencing. Knowing fully well the followership strength of god-man Gurmeet, the State Government did not take any preventive measures against the gathering of hundreds of his followers at the court venue on the day of the judgment. This has resulted in rioting, immediately after the pronouncement of the court verdict, which spread throughout the state and even beyond it in Punjab and Delhi. The Dera violence in Haryana itself claimed the death of 31 persons and injuring many, besides causing damage to public properties. The court has pointed out that Haryana Government surrendered to the violent mob. Politics played a supportive role and froze the state administrative decision to prevent and contain the mob. The Bench observed, “It was a political surrender to allure the vote bank”. During the special hearing the Bench further stated, “There is a sea of difference between administrative and political decisions; administrative decisions were paralysed because of political consideration.
The Bench then said, “the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister represent the State and the country and not a political party”. The Chief Minister of Haryana stated that some anti-social elements had mingled with Dera followers and were behind the violence. The Bench observed, “It appears to be an intelligent way to say that Dera had not done anything. Your (Haryana) CM is also the home minister of the State… If he could find out that some anti-social elements were involved in the violence, why could he not prevent such a large gathering from entering Panchkula for the past seven days? You (Haryana Government) allowed them to enter, occupy and damage public property. Those responsible for such loses should be made answerable”.
What a conscious strictures against the State Government and the Chief Minister, the Bench has passed!
The awkward sexual activities of the god-man, the Dera Chief:
All the women disciples of the god-man considered him as ‘god’. When one of the lady disciples was compelled to satisfy the sexual desire of the god-man the disciple appealed to him that she considered him as ‘God’ and requested to desist from that. But the ‘god-man’ very coolly justified the sexual deeds of ‘God Krishna’ with many ladies and seduced the disciple at last. Another disciple who was considered as the adopted daughter of the god-man was not exempted from his sexual assault.
The cause of action to commence the criminal proceedings against the god-man originated from the anonymous letter sent by the sexually aggrieved lady disciple in 2002 to the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It took about nearly 15 years to convict the god-man for all the sexual crimes, committed by him. Even after the conviction, the god-man raised the cudgels through his cadres with the support of the saffron political heads at the State and for the country. The Saffron rulers have put their political responsibility mandated by the public as secondary. They have prioritized to safeguard the interests of the god-man.
In this connection, it is pertinent to point out the direction of the Supreme Court to speed up the case against another god-man, Asaram Bapu pending investigation by the State machinery of Gujarat. The case against god-man, Asram Bapu was the sexual assault by him on the two sisters of Surat. When a petition with the medical evidences, was filed by the god-man, Asaram Bapu to release him on bail the Supreme Court found that the medical evidences were forged. While rejecting the petition, the Supreme Court, passed strictures against the inordinate delay of FOUR years to complete the investigation and directed the Government of Gujarat to speed up the trial.
The sexual crimes of Saffron supportive god-man are unabated. The efforts of the judiciary to punish the culprits are combated by Saffron god-men forces in their own way with the support of the state machinery.