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‘Aap ki Adalat is anti-Hindu’ — Asaram followers call for boycott of Rajat Sharma show

Asaram Bapu's followers call for boycott of Rajat Sharma's 'Aap ki Adalat' as show guest Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was critical of 'godmen' accused of sexual assault.

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New Delhi: Followers of jailed self-styled spiritual guru Asaram Bapu are on the warpath with Rajat Sharma, chairman and editor-in-chief of India TV, and are calling for a boycott of his popular news show, Aap ki Adalat, for being “anti-Hindu”.

Taking to Twitter, the followers started the hashtags #AntiHinduRajatSharma and #BoycottAapKiAdalat, making them trend with more than 101,000 tweets each Wednesday.

They accuse Sharma of using his show, which has been running for 26 years, to defame Asaram, who is currently serving a life sentence for the rape of a minor in 2013.

‘Not sant or gyaani’

The boycott call came after the 15 February show on which Sharma hosted Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living, and discussed the issue of godmen convicted, accused, or imprisoned for sexual assault among other topics.

“Such individuals are neither ‘sant’ (godman), nor gyaani (wise man), nor religious. If individuals in the garb of godmen commit crimes, they should be given twice the punishment that is given to commoners,” Ravi Shankar had said.

Referring to Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the founder of Dera Sacha Sauda who was convicted on charges of rape, Ravi Shankar said, “If the earthen pitcher is not solid, it cannot hold water. If you put water in such a pitcher, both the pitcher and water will collapse.”

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Though Asaram Bapu’s name did not come up, his followers have attacked Sharma for defaming him and other “pious Hindu saints”.

Asaram Bapu was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment until death in April 2018 almost five years after the case was first registered.

In her complaint, the minor had accused Asaram of molesting her inside a room after locking it from inside. “When I started shouting, he threatened to kill my parents and closed my mouth,” she said. The child’s parents were followers of Asaram.

In 2013, Asaram and his son Narayan Sai were accused by two sisters of repeated sexual assault over several years at his Surat ashram. Sai was convicted and also sentenced to life imprisonment.

Also read: Hunting down Narayan Sai: The lone woman officer of Surat police team who got a big lead


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  1. #युग_प्रवर्तक_आशारामजी_बापू जैसे संत ही हमारी संस्कृति के आधार व रक्षक है। ऐसे संतो ने ही आज विधर्मियों द्वारा हमारी संस्कृति को नष्ट करने के षड्यंत्रो से बचा रखा है, जिसके कारण आज उन्हे ही बदनामी व कष्ट दिया जा रहा है।

  2. Well said Arvind! The badguru is a clever guy who fools brainless bhaktas through his skin deep knowledge and double shri is nothing but sweet sounding joker!

  3. what ever done by sant asaram bapu supporters is absolutely true..all Indian news channel are anti hindu and anti hindu sants..they never speak on wrong doing of churhes and mulla and maulvis but they do target hindu sant every time

  4. What was said in the show is absolutely true, the so said self styled God Men are black spot on the name if saints. They exploit the religious centiments of innocent people especially the ladies, that’s shame on their part

  5. Double shri and badguru are also from the same category of saints who are in jail but Asaram is a shade better than ram at least not abandonned his wife.jor se bolo jai Asaram.

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