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What should Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh learn from Guru Nanak Ji?

CBI court in Panchkula is expected to pronounce verdict in a 15-year old sexual exploitation case on Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Ram Rahim Singh. By the recent developments, there are high chances that if the verdict is against Ram Rahim, than violence may erupt across North India as his followers are in large number. But Ram Rahim and his followers have to learn a lot from founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak.

When a person from any faith hears the name of Guru Nanak, definitely respect will flow towards him. Even though he was the founder of Sikhism, he has thought lot to mankind. But today, Ram Rahim is mis-using his position and has considered his position as a source to gain wealth and fame.

Initially his sect gained trust of the public by involving in various social workers. He became the spiritual head of Dera Sacha Sauda sect in the year 1990. The sect is known for its social work, like coming forward to help victims of the tsunami and the Gujarat earthquake. Most of the followers are people from lower castes and the lower strata of society. But as time passed on, one after the other allegations emerged on him.

It was on 2002, when a Sadhvi wrote an anonymous letter to the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajapeyee saying that she was raped by Dera chief. Sadhvi also revealed that he had raped several other women followers.

Later case was filed and when investigation was carried on, several shocking facts emerged. The investigating agency questioned 18 sadhvis and two of them levelled allegations of rape against the spiritual leader. One sadhvi said that her rape was “justified” on the grounds that it would “purify” her.

It is also believed that he has done castration of 400 sadhus at the Dera. He also faces allegations of two murders, Ranjit Singh in July 2002 and of journalist Ram Chander Chattrapati in October that same year.

The worst happened when he dressed himself up as Guru Gobind Singh at a dera in Bhatinda in Punjab in May 2007. This made way for violent clashes between his followers and members of the Sikh community across North India.

Who are provoking his community ahead of the court verdict?

Earlier on Friday, followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh camped at the sect’s headquarters in Sirsa which was kept under intense police security cover.

So the government took all precautionary measures to ensure peace prevails. The Army was today called in the highly sensitive Panchkula and Sirsa districts to deal with any law and order situation that may arise in the wake of tomorrow’s court verdict involving head of Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

It has imposed Section 144 across the entire state with immediate effect and shut all schools and colleges on August 25. Centre has sanctioned an additional 10 companies of paramilitary forces to maintain law and order in the state. 85 central companies along with thousands of policemen on the ground will maintain a tight vigil, especially in the vulnerable areas of Moga, Bathinda, Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala and Ludhiana.

Without anyone’s orders, huge private army cannot assemble like this. So this is clear that in the name of a religious teacher, Ram Rahim is misusing his position.

Source: http://www.republicworld.com/s/5618/gurmeet-ram-rahim-case-army-called-in-panchkula-sirsa

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/who-is-gurmeet-ram-rahim-singh-and-what-is-the-dera-sacha-sauda/story-dOCToQSSTenThpvXGPBv1J.html


Hansika Raj

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