Like A Shadow, Controversies Follow Godman Ram Rahim Wherever He Goes

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| August 25 , 2017 , 19:27 IST

From Rape to Murder, fake impersonation and Mass Castration, he has been a part of it all. Dera Sacha Sauda sect, Gurmeet Ram Rahim has always been surrounded by controversies.

The fifty-year old 'Godman' who was recently convicted for sexually exploiting 15-year-old calls himself a Spiritual Saint. The Saint was previously accused of raping two female followers in Sarisa.

An anonymous letter sent to the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999 claimed around 40 girls being threatened by Dera members. Later upon CBI investigation, a case was filed against Singh in 2002.

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Following the rape case filing, Gurmeet Ram Rahim was also accused of 2 murders. Apparently, Dera Sacha Sauda's manager, Ranjit Singh and Poora Sach's editor, Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who was covering the case, were both shot dead on Singh's instructions.

Singh driver, Faqir Chand who went missing in 1991 also had connections to the Godman. He was accused by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and All-India Hindu Federation in January 2016 for imitating Hindu God, Lord Vishnu.

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Mass Castration of around 400 followers in 2014 also took place under Gurmeet's orders. The case is still pending in court. Another case for keeping illegal arms was filed against Dera Chief which was later closed due to lack of evidence.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim also tried a hand in film making and most of his films were alleged as offensive to many communities. The portrayal of Adivasis as ‘anti-nationals' and involvement of Sikh characters was not accepted by many.