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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1587

Asaram Bapu incurs wrath of gang-rape victim family

From R. Vasudevan-Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 09 January (

The family of 23-year-old Delhi gangraped girl has taken a strong exception to Asaram Bapu's controversial statement on the girl, terming it as "illogical".

"It is an absolutely illogical statement least expected from him," the family told news-persons.

"We had immense respect for Asaram Bapu and also have many books related to him but as soon as we get back to Delhi we would put them on fire," the brother of the deceased said terming the statement as "very cheap and downgrade."

"Godman or saints can never say anything of this sort... It only exposes his mentality," the family said.

Asaram Bapu had said that the rape and murder would not have happened if the victim had called the rapist killers her brothers.

Referring to the growing incidents of rape, the family said that strict laws were necessary to check the crime against women and also for changing the attitude of the people.

The father of the paramedical student said that the family had great hopes that she would recover when she was being taken to Singapore for treatment.

Meanwhile the district administration is preparing for the "terahi" (ritual related to death) of the girl on January 12.

Meanwhile, a day after letting loose extremely derogatory remarks against Delhi gang-raped victim who died after days of waging a courageous fight against the horrific injuries she suffered during the crime, Asaram Bapu ratcheted up his insensitive tirade against her by refusing to apologize and in fact went much further to call media 'barking dogs' for raising a controversy over his 'innocuous' comments.

At a rally where hundreds of his supporters were gathered, Asaram Bapu said that when an 'elephant walks (gestures at himself), first one dog starts barking, then others around him and finally the whole neighborhood's dogs join in the bedlam. They thereby benefit by getting some attention themselves'.

- Asian Tribune -

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