A letter written by a sadhvi to former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee in 2002 and the Chief Minister of Haryana, had accused the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of raping her and other sadhvis .
As per the contents of the lettert published in prominent English dailies,the sadhvi said she along with 40-45 other girls had been doing service in the Dera for years. She said that two years after she had become a sadhvi, she was called by Ram Rahim into his residence inside the dera and was threatened before the Dera chief raped her.
In the letter, she described her ordeal and said that she was repeatedly raped by Ram Rahim who boasted that no authority can initiate the proceeding against him. She wrote that it was only after a point of time that she came to know that other women followers were also sexually exploited before and after her. While concluding her letter she had sought the intervention of the then prime minister Vajpayee and the courts. She refrained from her revealing her identity, saying that it would invite trouble for her and family members.
Before referring the matter for a CBI investigation, the high court had taken a report on the matter from the District and Sessions Judge of Sirsa. Subsequently, the CBI had succeeded in locating two sadhvis who deposed before a trial court that the dera chief sexually exploited them. In 2008, a CBI court then ordered framing of rape charges against Ram Rahim.
On Friday Ram Rahim Singh was convicted by a CBI court in Panchkula in connection with this over decade old rape case. He was taken into custody by Haryana Police immediately after the judgment was pronounced by judge Jagdeep Singh. The court will announce the quantum of punishment on August 28.