Finally, Asaram Bapu has found guilty in a rape case with a schoolgirl today. He has been convicted today inside the Jodhpur Central Jail. Before his these infamous deeds what we all knew about Bapu Asaram was that he is a self-styled godman. He has a large number of followers from western and northern India.
How much you know about his personal life. A few of you never knew that he was a Tangawala. Yes, you read it right! From his povertyridden childhood, Asaram did come a long way starting off on a tanga.
He was born as Asumal Sirumalani on 17 April 1941, in the Berani village of the Nawabshah District in British India ( now Sindh, Pakistan), to Menhgiba and Thaumal Sirumalani. After partition, his family migrated to Gujarat, India. Asumal was seven years old and the family lived in acute poverty. His father worked in different cities of Gujarat before the family came to Ajmer in 1963.
The very young Asumal here started ferrying Ajmer Sharif dargah pilgrims on a tanga to support his family. He carted pilgrims on his pony cart from the railway station to the dargah. That time nobody ever thought of it that this ordinary person will become a godman with lakhs of followers.
The journey from a Tangawala to Bapu Asaram
Asumal was very ambitious. His dreams were exceptional, he wanted to get rich. He returned Ahmedabad. Asaram is said to have learned meditation from his mother. When he was 15, he ran away from home to an ashram in Bharuch and later lived in several other ashrams. It was one Lilashah who became his spiritual guru and named him Asaram Bapu. Hence, the story of fame had begun.
In the year 1971, Asaram started out as a spiritual guru from a small hut on the banks of the Sabarmati. With the help of rich followers, he managed to build an ashram in Motera near Ahmedabad on 10 acres of land. His empire ultimately included hundreds of ashrams in India and abroad. You will get shocked to know that he had nearly two crore followers worldwide.
He is married to Lakshmi Devi and has a son Narayan Sai and a daughter who take care of his property. He mired in suspicion when two decomposed bodies of two boys were found inside his ashram in 2008. Asaram was accused of conducting Tantrik rituals inside the ashram. He got arrested by the police in 2013 after a 16-year-old girl accused him of sexual assault. He has been under judicial custody since then.
Asaram is embroiled in a rape case in Gujarat as well, where two sisters have lodged separate complaints against him and his son Narayan Sai, accusing them of rape and illegal confinement.
Over the last four years, since the trial began, as many as nine witnesses in the two cases have been attacked. Three of them have died.