India Guru Sentenced to 20 Years In Prison

A controversial Indian Guru called Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was sentenced to prison for 10 years last week Friday. Singh's followers had set two vehicles on fire just ahead of sentencing. Violence after Friday’s verdict in Panchkula in northern Haryana state had left 38 people dead. The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers. Singh's legal team has already said it will appeal against the verdict in the Punjab and Haryana high court. Media reports said that prosecutors would be asking for a harsher sentence. They had called for a life term. Following the sentencing, the chief minister of Haryana state, where Singh’s ashram is located, called an emergency meeting. A curfew has already been imposed in several areas of Haryana and Punjab states, while the capital Delhi is on alert.

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