PEOPLE WE MUST CELEBRATE
Asaram in jail: The unsung heroes of this disgusting saga
- kanwar manjit singh
Asaram in jail: The unsung heroes of this disgusting saga



A RAPIST BELONGS in the jail, and someone like Asaram needs to remain there for the rest of his life. But a society that celebrates the fact that one so well connected socially and politically can also be made to face the deserving denouement must not overlook the exemplary courage displayed by some lesser known men and women in this saga.

Asaram could not have been in jail if Mahendra Chawla had flinched from standing up in the witness box.

The case would have been weaker if Rahul K Sachan had been a man a little less brave.

Mahendra Chawla, the prosecution witness, was later attacked because he spilled the beans on how Asaram, the fraudulent godman, would often call girls he found beautiful on the pretext of career counselling, and then molested them.

Sachan, an Ayurvedic practitioner and Asaram’s former physician, narrated how a woman he knew was raped by Asaram, that he saw him kissing or sexually molesting women in Pushkar, Bhiwani and other cities in Haryana, and was so courageous that he directly confronted Asaram.

Sachan also told about girls being made to abort pregnancies.
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As you read this, Sachan remains missing. Untraceable. And we have never been out on the roads demanding to know where the man, who stood up to the kind of might Asaram and his cohort could manage, is. 
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He was attacked twice, including once on a court premises when he was there to stand witness. 

As you read this, Sachan remains missing. Untraceable. He has not been seen since November 25, 2015. The CBI filed a kidnapping case in 2016, and we have never been out on the roads demanding to know where the man, who stood up to the kind of might Asaram and his cohorts could manage, is. 

All of these witnesses' testimonies are now part of the 453-page judgment that sent Asaram to jail for life for raping a 16-year-old girl.

He has not been punished for the attack on Mahendra Chawla. He has not been charged for intimidation, attack, and possible murder of Sachan. He has still not faced the demands of justice in all these cases of intimidation, assault and murder.

Ajay Kumar, also a former disciple, was beaten by the fraudster's henchmen more than once. 

We haven't been out for him, either, with banners and posters in hand.
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It's time we start a broad and intense conversation about a solid witness protection programme in this country, unless we chose to depend on the courage and bravery of a Sachan who is only missing today because he refused to flinch.
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Manoj Kumar Vyas, a judge at the Jodhpur sessions court, was threatened to grant Asaram bail in the rape case. 

The husband of a woman who had accused Asaram of rape was stabbed and injured in Surat. 

Dinesh Bhavchandni had acid thrown on him because he had provided legal assistance to people who had spoken against Asaram.

Amrut Prajapati, Asaram’s doctor for 12 years, was shot dead outside his clinic in Rajkot, Gujarat, after he testified against him before a court. 

Akhil Gupta, a cook and aide of Asaram, was shot dead in Muzaffarnagar after he testified against Asaram in the alleged rape of two Surat sisters.

Kripal Singh was shot and died a day later in Shahjehanpur, UP. 
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Our young boys and girls saw a rapist being told he was a rapist, and look how he was dressed. That needs to change. The world will be better served if pictures of Asaram in prison attire emerge in the public domain. 
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People like Mahendra Chawla, Sachan and Ajay Kumar are the pivots in cases like this. The men and women who lost their lives in the pursuit of justice are the people we must celebrate.

It was not lost on anyone what Khatta Singh, the driver of Dera Sacha Sauda's disgraced head and rapist Ram Rahim went through. If Ram Rahim is in jail today, it is because former dera manager Ranjit Singh decided to circulate an anonymous letter that detailed the black deeds of the Sirsa fraudster.

Ranjit Singh was shot dead in 2002. The two women stood steadfast, and no one should be in doubt that they still face a grave threat to their lives.

It's time we start a broad and intense conversation about a solid witness protection programme in this country, unless we chose to depend on the courage and bravery of a Sachan who is only missing today because he refused to flinch.
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The men and women who lost their lives in the pursuit of justice are the people we must celebrate. 
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As citizens, we sleep a little better when a rapist goes to jail. We will be more at peace when we stand up for a Mahendra Chawla, a Sachan or an Ajay Kumar.

Right now, we need to begin by asking this: Since when has the jail manual been changed for disgraced, disgusting rapists to ensure that an Asaram can come to court to hear the verdict in such fancy clothes?  

Our young boys and girls saw a rapist being told he was a rapist, and look how he was dressed. That needs to change. The world will be better served if pictures of Asaram in prison attire emerge in the public domain.

We may also choose to ask the media: why is it so hard to stop referring to a rapist as 'Bapu'? Surely, editors still read the headlines, no? They can at least act the day after, if not earlier. 
 

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