After the charge levelled by a teenaged girl, which led to the arrest of Asaram Bapu, it is now the turn of two sisters of Surat to accuse the self-styled godman and his son, Narayan Sai, of raping them between 2002 and 2004.
Though the father is under arrest the Surat Police is in search for the son, who is missing. On Monday it issued a lookout notice against Narayan Sai.
The sisters have lodged an FIR in Jehangirpura police station in Surat against the duo for allegedly raping them in Ahmedabad and Surat. The FIR said while the elder sister was raped by the father in Ahmedabad ashram the younger one had to pass through similar trauma at the hands of his son in Surat ashram.
According to police Narayan Sai is reportedly hiding anywhere in Gujarat or Madhya Pradesh.
As the names of Asaram’s wife, Lakshmi and daughter Bharati also figured in the FIR the police also issued the notice against them. They have been accused of aiding in the crime.
The Surat Police has also sought help of medical and forensic experts as the alleged case had taken place almost a decade ago. As the Asaram’s case is of Ahmedabad ashram it has been transferred to the Ahmedabad police.
Asaram was arrested on September 1 after a 16-year old girl accused him of raping her. He is at present lodged in Jodhpur jail.
Police is not taking any chance in arresting the son as it has the experience of the father who managed to give a slip on several occasions before he was arrested.
The Rajasthan high court had last week rejected Asaram’s bail plea for his alleged crime.
It needs to be recalled that Jodhpur court has extended Asaram’s custody till October 11. His aide, Shilpi, has been sent to eight-day judicial custody.
When the 16 year old girl accused Asaram a couple of months back he and his son, Narayan Sai had said the girl is mentally disturbed. Now with sisters coming up with similar allegations their case seems to have got weakened.
The two sisters of Surat now say that the teenager’s courage in seeking justice motivated them to take action against the so-called godman and his son.
However, Neelam Dubey, a spokesperson for Asaram Bapu alleged that there is conspiracy against him. “If they are rapists, how can there be several hundreds of women followers of Bapu?” she said in a statement.
The followers of the duo are strongly refuting the Surat Police allegation that Narayan Sai is on the run. He is a godman and would have been anywhere in any ashram spread in several states of the country.