20 years rigorous imprisonment for Gurmeet Ram Rahim
Rohtak (Haryana): Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim broke down in courtroom and tears flowed from his eyes as he sought leniency from CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh before he was sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment (2 sentences of 10 years each) for rape. He was convicted of rape on Friday 25 August.
According to available information, the rape victims are not happy with the quantum of sentence for the rapist and they will move the court for enhancement of punishment
During the final hearing before pronouncement of sentence, Gurmeet Singh’s defence counsel sought leniency saying that Ram Rahim is a social worker who works for welfare of people.
Ahead of the sentencing today, security had been beefed up in Punjab and Haryana. When the Dera chief was convicted for rape on Friday, there was large-scale violence resulting in the death of over 30 persons.