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I am Sorry, but not scared: Kiku Sharda

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New Delhi: On January 13, Kiku Sharda was arrested on the grounds of making fun of religious leader, called godman, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.The comic who appears as Palak on Comedy nights with Kapil, has been to hell and back, after allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of a godman’s followers on a show on the different channel.

Now safe at home, Kiku says, ‘’I have always been a non-controversial entertainer. I don’t know how or why this happened. But It’s not as if I will stop laughing or stop raising laughs.I am sorry but not scared. This one incident has not soured my relationship with comedy.But it has made me question my own beliefs. I have never insulted anyone in my life. No one has the right to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments.”

Kiku pleads innocence about the offended godman’s reach and following and holds the writers(of the special, Jashn-e-umeed) and the channel (Zee) responsible.”I had no idea of how important he was to his followers and the work he did. As usual, I was given a getup and my lines by the writers. I just went on stage and performed what was given to me.Little did I know that it would snowball into such a controversy.”

Kiku is grateful to Zee for coming forward with all legal help after the arrest and bail, but he feels, “There was a long gap between the time when the show was held and my arrest. Legal measures could have been taken to avert this situation. Still, I am grateful to the channel for coming forward with all the help possible.”

Kiku says he has received overwhelming support from all quarters.”The entertainment industry has been very supportive. Rishi Kapoorji, Farah Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, they have all spoken up in my defence.” He adds,”There were around 800 people there, restless and aggressive, anything could have happened.That’s when the full impact of the trouble that I was in, hit me.I have to thank the Haryana police for protecting me from harm. They escorted me inside (the police station) by hand and made sure I wasn’t harmed.”

Kiku has also received support from CINTAA (Cine & Television Artist Association):’’I got a call from their chairperson Amit Bahl.We need to sit down and chalk down legal safety measures for all of us.’’(IANS)(Image:kathmandupost)

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Haryana Police Summons 45 Dera Sacha Sauda Committee Members Accused of Plotting Violence Following Conviction of Dera Chief

Dera Sacha Sauda followers had indulged in large-scale violence in Panchkula and Sirsa after the CBI court on August 25 convicted the sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape

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Dera Sacha Sauda followers had indulged in large-scale violence in Panchkula and Sirsa after the CBI court on August 25 convicted the sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape. IANS

Chandigarh, October 6, 2017 : Haryana police have issued summons to 45 members of a committee of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect to appear before it regarding the violence that erupted following the rape conviction of the Dera chief on August 25, police sources said on Friday.

Police sources said a hard disk, which reportedly contains details of transactions worth Rs 700 crore, including property and hawala deals, of the Dera has been recovered and sent for detailed examination.

The 45-member committee, which included the Dera’s headquarters campus (near Sirsa) chairman Vipassana and vice chairman P.R. Nain, is being accused of planning the violence in Panchkula and other places that left at least 38 people dead and 264 injured.

Dera Sacha Sauda followers had indulged in large-scale violence in Panchkula and Sirsa after the CBI court on August 25 convicted the sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape.

The Haryana Police had last month issued a list of 43 ‘Most Wanted’ people of the sect, including top functionaries Honeypreet Insan and Aditya Insan, who are the closest aides of Ram Rahim, for their role in the violence.

Honeypreet was arrested from neighbouring Punjab on Tuesday after being fugitive for 38 days. She was booked for sedition and inciting violence.

The disgraced sect chief, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, is now lodged in the District Jail in Sunaria near Rohtak. (IANS)

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UN Invites Gurmeet Ram Rahim and Honeypreet to Join ‘World Toilet Day’ Campaign

The official account of UN Water tweeted to Ram Rahim and Honeypreet, inviting the two to join their campaign on World Toilet Day

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Oct 05, 2017: Self-styled godman and rapist Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is again in the headlines for a reason that left twitterati scratching their head. In an unexpected tweet on Wednesday, the United Nations tagged Ram Rahim and his controversial daughter Honeypreet to join them in their campaign on ‘World Toilet Day’ on November 19.

Honeypreet was held under police custody on Tuesday after evading the arrest for 38 days.

Also Read: Honeypreet Insan Arrested, to be produced in Court on Wednesday 

The tweet posted by the UN-Water account on Wednesday “Dear @insan_honey, we hope you & @Gurmeetramrahim will lend your voice and support #WorldToiletDay (sic)”.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Rape Victims Seek Life Imprisonment for Gurmeet Ram Rahim

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim, gestures during the premiere of movie ‘Jattu Engineer’ in New Delhi. voa

Chandigarh, Oct 4: Two female disciples who were raped by self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, have moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking life imprisonment for him as the 20-year jail term given was not enough.

In their petition filed before the High Court here, the two girls, who were raped by the godman in 1999, said the 10-year jail term to the Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, in each case of rape was not enough for the heinous crime he committed.

The court had said the 10-year prison term will run consecutively (one after another).

Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment and finef over Rs 30 lakh after being convicted by the CBI special court in Panchkula on two counts of rape of female disciples.

The victims pointed out in their petition that in rape cases where a person in a position of authority or power misuses that position to commit rape, he should be given maximum punishment – which is life imprisonment.

They pointed out that a lesser punishment would not achieve “the ends of justice”.

“Gurmeet is head of religious organisation known as Dera and had committed a grave breach of trust and he was called Pitaji (father),” the petition stated.

“Abusing his position as religious head, in whom the followers had blind faith, he committed rape,” it added.

Under new provisions introduced after the 2012 gang rape and murder of Nirbhaya in Delhi, a person in position of power and trust faces a maximum of life imprisonment for rape.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s rape conviction led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana, leaving 38 people dead and another 264 injured. Isolated incidents of violence were also reported from Delhi and several places in Punjab. (IANS)