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Indian Guru Asaram Bapu Found Guilty Of Rape

An Indian spiritual guru who claims to have millions of followers worldwide has been found guilty of rape.

A court in the northern city of Jodhpur ruled that Asaram Bapu,77, raped a 16-year-old girl in 2013 at his ashram there. He is likely to appeal the verdict in a higher court.

The guru, 77, has 400 ashrams around the world where he teaches meditation and yoga.

He is also standing trial in another rape case in Gujarat state.

Jodhpur city is on high alert because of anticipated violence from the guru’s followers.

The security measures come after followers of another guru, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, ran amok after he was found guilty of rape last year. The resulting violence killed 23 people.

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