Probe into Ireland death urged

Updated 17 November 2012
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Probe into Ireland death urged

NEW DELHI: New Delhi demanded yesterday a “transparent” probe into the death of an Indian woman in Ireland after doctors there allegedly refused to terminate her pregnancy even though she was miscarrying.
New Delhi cranked up the pressure on Dublin over the Oct. 28 death of Savita Halappanavar from septicemia after local politicians expressed their concern and urged the government to act.
Foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said India’s ambassador to Ireland would meet local authorities later yesterday.
“We expect that he will also seek reassurance from the Irish authorities that they will hold an independent, transparent enquiry into the matter,” Akbaruddin told AFP.
“He will request that the Irish authorities keep India informed of the progress and outcome of the enquiry,” the spokesman said, adding that the envoy would also convey the “concern growing in India” over Halappanavar’s death.


Indian court finds spiritual guru guilty of raping devotee

Updated 25 April 2018
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Indian court finds spiritual guru guilty of raping devotee

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Wednesday found a high-profile spiritual guru Asaram Bapu guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and he faces a maximum of life in prison.
The verdict against 77-year-old Bapu was read out inside a prison in the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan state because of fears that his followers may resort to violence.
The case is the latest in a series of high-profile rape cases in India that have fueled public protests and raised questions about how police handle the cases and treat the victims.
In August last year, another popular and flamboyant Indian spiritual guru, Dr. Saint Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Insan, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of raping two female followers.
Judge Madhusudhan Sharma will announce the prison term for Bapu later after hearing arguments from the prosecution and Bapu’s attorneys.
Bapu has denied the rape and can appeal his conviction in a higher court.
The girl in her complaint to the police in 2013 accused Bapu of raping her when she visited his retreat in Jodhpur with her mother. The girl’s family said they had been followers of Bapu for more than a decade.
Bapu has been in prison since his arrest in the case in 2013.
On Wednesday, security was tight around the prison complex and in states where the self-styled guru has a considerable following.
Religious sects also wield considerable political clout in India with several politicians as followers. Asaram is also on trial along with his son Narayan Sai in a separate rape case where two sisters have accused the two men of sexual assault.