Self-styled self-made spiritual guru of Dera Sacha Sauda – Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted with rape accusations have been sentenced with 10 years of imprisonment, despite immense resistance from followers. It is an example of how Indian judicial system is equal for all and how justice has won over blind-faith.
In past fortnight, India has undergone through major tests whether the country and its system still adheres to the democratic principles which have been bequeathed by the founding fathers. Supreme Court passed its verdict on two very important judgements – triple talaq case and Right to privacy case. The good news is that both verdicts somehow enriched and revive the democracy of the world’s largest democratic country. The judgement on triple talaq proved that law prevailed over faith, and the nine-bench judgement over right to privacy as a fundamental right proved that Indian law is unbiased – marking new benchmarks for Indian democracy.
Just a couple of days after both major judgements, a conviction was ruled over a 15-year-old rape case on the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda cult – Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The 50-year-old self-styled guru was accused of raping two sadhvis from Dera in Panchkula, Haryana, back in 2002. The dusted file was reopened by a Special court of CBI and Ram Rahim Singh was ruled out as guilty as charged. Indian judiciary system had once again proved itself, but unfortunately, this time the country’s social order failed itself in the very first test.
Soon after the godman was convicted for raping and sexually exploiting his female disciples, violence from Dera chief’s followers had erupted, killing 36 people and injuring hundreds. Tight security, curfew and military force in four northern states of India were implemented to take situation in control. This exposed the side of our society that didn’t care for rules and for law, and stood for violence in the name of faith. But today, the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court announced maximum punishment sentence of 10 years of imprisonment for Ram Rahim Singh under section 376/506 of IPC for rape, sexual abduction and criminal intimidation. This judgement proved that the court stands by law, truthfulness and equality – the pillars of democracy, it is now up to the people of India to allow India to grow.