Indian self-styled ‘godman’ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentenced to ten years imprisonment

Soldiers stand guard at a highway in Panchkula, India.

An Indian judge on Monday handed a 10-year jail sentence to self-styled ’godman’ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, whose followers went on a deadly rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday.

“The court has ordered 10-year jail term for the accused,” Ram Niwas, senior bureaucrat in charge of law and order in Haryana, said.

Supporters of Singh’s cult resorted to violent protests last week, which killed at least 38 and injured more than 200 in Haryana state, after a local court found him guilty of raping two women in a case dating back to 2002.

The cult has a vast rural following in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

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