Source: BBC News
In amongst all the coverage of the spectacular downfall of the self-styled Indian “godman”, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, one voice has been absent: that of his many hundreds of thousands of devoted followers.
His claim to have 60 million devotees around the world is probably an exaggeration, but there is no doubt that a huge number of people draw inspiration from this man who claimed to be a divine being.
“He is like my parents, in fact more than my parents,” Saroj Yadav told me as we sat in her family’s large house on the outskirts of Sirsa, a town in the northern Indian state of Haryana, where guru Ram Rahim’s vast headquarters complex, or “Dera”, is based.
The mother of three was visibly upset as we talked about the role the guru has played in her life and that of her large extended family.