India guru rape: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh jailed for 20 years

Source: BBC News

A controversial Indian guru convicted of rape on Friday has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Indian media reported that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers set a vehicle alight just ahead of sentencing.

Violence after Friday’s verdict in Panchkula in northern Haryana state had killed some 38 people.

The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers and jailed for 10 years for each, to run consecutively.

There were initial reports of a 10-year sentence but his lawyers confirmed the sentencing was of consecutive, not concurrent, terms.

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