A fast-track court in Haryana’s Fatehabad sentenced Amarpuri or Jalebi Baba to 14 years in prison for raping and filming over 100 women after drugging them. He used to blackmail the victims for money.
Additional district judge Balwant Singh awarded 63-year-old Amarpuri, a self-styled godman, to 14 years of imprisonment under Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act for raping a minor two times, 7-year jail each in two rape cases under Section 376-C of the Indian Penal Code and 5-year jail under Section 67-A of the IT Act. However, he was acquitted in a case related to Arms Act.
Sanjay Verma, counsel representing victims, stated that the convict will spend 14 years in prison and the sentence will run concurrently. He burst into tears in the courtroom after the judge convicted him.
Out of several victims, only six showed up in court and gave statements against Amarpuri.
Haryana police arrested Jalebi Baba from the Tohana town of Fatehabad in 2018. The police recovered over 120 intimate video clippings from his phone.
The incident came to light on July 19, 2018, when an informer showed a video clip to the then Tohana police station house officer (SHO), Pradeep Kumar. Subsequently, Amarpuri was booked under Section 292, Section 293, Section 294, Section 376, Section 384, Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67-A of the Information Technology act.