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Not Saint or Sadhu, Asaram calls himself a 'donkey', know why

Not Saint or Sadhu, Asaram calls himself a 'donkey', know why”

On Thursday, during a court appearance in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, when self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu, who is now facing charge of raping a minor, was asked by a reporter to give his opinion on being listed as one of the fake babas, he angrily replied that he belonged to the category of "donkeys".

Just days after the apex body of sadhus in India released the list of babas it considered fake, rape accused Asaram called himself a donkey.

The list of fake Babas includes Asaram alias Ashmal Sharmani, Sukhwinder Kaur alias Radhe Ma, Sachidanand Giri alias Sachin Datta, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Dera Sacha Sirsa, Om Baba alias Vivekanand Jha, Nirmal Baba alias Nirmaljit Singh, Yashadhari Bhimanand aka Shivamurthy Dwivedi, Swami Aseemand, O Nam Nam Baba, Narayan Sai, Rampal, Hussan Muni, Jupiter Giri and Malkan Giri.

The 76-year-old controversial guru with strong political connections has been languishing in a Jodhpur jail since 2013.

Angry at being denounced as neither a saint nor a preacher by an important association of Hindu saints, Asaram Bapu said he belongs to the category of donkeys. At least seven requests for bail have been turned down.

"The category of donkeys", the self-styled godman said while climbing the stairs of the trial court, where he appears daily for hearings.

On 10 September, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, had released a list of 14 "fake babas" and demanded a crackdown on "rootless cult leaders" by bringing in a legislation.

Asaram is facing trial in Jodhpur in the rape case of a minor girl whereas Narayan Sai is an accused in rape of two children in Surat.



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