Indian guru Ram Rahim sentenced to 10 years in jail for rape conviction

Indian guru Gurpreet Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced 10 years in jail for the rape of two of his followers after a letter was anonymously leaked, reported Hindustan Times.

The guru, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was on Friday found guilty of raping two women in a 2002 case, sparking protests by his supporters in various parts of north Indian. At least 38 people were killed and more than 200 were injured. Singh is due to be sentenced in Haryana state later on Monday. “We have issued shoot-on-sight orders if anyone tries to start a protest,” said Ram Niwas, a senior bureaucrat in Haryana in-charge of law and order.

Authorities imposed curfews in several areas of Haryana and Punjab states, while the capital, Delhi is on alert. Niwas said Singh would not be taken to court to hear his sentence. Instead, the judge who convicted him was flown to the jail where he is being held in Rohtak town. The prison had been transformed into a fortress, with journalists banned from approaching closer than a mile (1.6 km) and roads lined with barbed-wire barricades.

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