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Asaram rape case: School principal threatened to tamper with the victim’s age

Turns out that the spirit of threats has not spared even the school that the victim of Asaram rape case attended.  The girl was 16 years old when this heinous crime took place, but there were attempts to prove that she was at least 18 years old, since the nature of punishment is much higher for the rape of minors.

The principal of the girl’s school has told some sources that he was under a lot of pressure to fudge the girl’s date of birth in the school records in order to help the 77-year-old self-styled spiritual guru who was convicted today.

“I was pressured, threatened… have suffered mentally and physically, I received threatening letters. I was to mention the date of birth as in the records, they wanted it to be manipulated.” the principal of the school in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh stated.

Asaram has been charged under POCSO – a stringent law to protect children from sexual assaults. Under the law, he faces a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Asaram had raped the girl after she was taken to his Jodhpur ashram in 2013 on the pretext of exorcism. Over the years, nine people who agreed to testify against him in court were attacked. Three of them died. Several police officials and reporters have too been threatened.

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