Faced with an angry backlash, self-styled godman Asaram Bapu is completely unfazed by the reaction. Unapologetic about his remarks about the Delhi gangrape victim, where he blamed the girl for the assault, Asaram refused to back down or retract his statement.
Asaram claimed that he was unfazed by the outrage caused by his remark and told his supporters that the hue and cry was a conspiracy to defame him.
However, what has riled people more is his subsequent remark where Asaram said, “Great people remain unaffected by what the common man says.” He went on to add further, “Elephants while taking a stroll do not bother about barking dogs.”
Earlier on January 7, Spiritual guru Asaram Bapu sparked a controversy by blaming the December 16 Delhi gangrape victim for the incident. The self-proclaimed godman reportedly said that the 23-year-old victim was as guilty as those responsible for the barbaric sexual assault on her.
“Only five-six people are not the culprits. The girl is as guilty as her rapists… She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so,” media reports quoted him as saying.
According to reports, the spiritual guru also said that he was against harsher punishments for the accused as the law could be misused.
The spiritual guru’s remark comes at a time when the entire nation has been mourning the victim’s death. She had died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.