The girls were sent to Asaram on pretext of Gurudiksha (Religious ritual). Both Bharti, and Lakshmi accepted this during interrogation with Surat Crime Branch. Earlier it was Bharti, who had refuted all the charges, but now it seems that they have broken down during interrogation and are scared to face the facts.
It is alleged that self styled Godman Asaram Bapu sexually assaulted the girls during this ritual, and kept them in his ashram. It is also alleged that the girls were terrified and brutally treated during this ordeal. The sisters, who were allegedly Sexually assaulted in Surat Ashram, were threatened of dire consequences if in case they revealed their assault to anyone outside. That's the major reason, both the sisters maintained silence for a period of ten years.
Asaram is currently serving his trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old minor and is under the police custody since September 1. Further details about the admission are awaited by our Bureau.
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