Know Why Baba Ram Rahim Has Huge Fan Following Despite Rape Charges Against Him

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| August 25 , 2017 , 14:37 IST

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Chief of the religious sect Dera Sacha Sauda, is facing serious charges of rape and murder as he appears before a CBI court in Panchkula, on Friday. However, the accusation of a rape and murder against him is not enough to discourage thousands of his followers.

According to reports, Dera followers have been rounding up on roads and petrol pumps in Panchkula, Haryana. This poses a serious law and order challenge for the two states. Internet services have been blocked, 150 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed and 22 trains through Punjab and Haryana have been cancelled. There is a curfew like situation and the two states have been put on high alert. But what makes his followers believe in him even after the allegations?

In Punjab and Haryana, where the people of all castes have unshakable belief in customs, traditions and religion, Dera Sacha Sauda promises equality in the society. The Dera chief has been attracting people to his sect by emphasising on equality and no caste based discrimination, particularly targeting those from lower strata of the society. Besides that, the Dera sect offers subsidised food and medicine to the followers who come from underprivileged backgrounds.

Ram Rahim, during his time as Dera chief, launched several public welfare projects. The Dera has also won 13 Guinness Awards for de-addiction, ophthalmological, diabetes and cardiac clinics, tree-plantation and cleanliness drive. It has a 70,000-strong trained volunteer force for nationwide relief and rescue operations.

Over the last ten years, Punjab has been in grip of a drug epidemic. The Dera claims to have rescued about five crore people from the clutches of alcoholism and drug abuse. All of this has made him popular among the people and are the reasons behind his followers constant support.