Self-Styled Godman Ashu Maharaj arrested in connection with rape case

NEW DELHI: Self-styled godman Ashu Maharaj was arrested from Delhi’s, Shahdara area in connection of allegedly raping a woman and her minor daughter at his ashram in Delhi. The woman claimed she was raped by Ashu Maharaj from 2008 to 2013 and by his friends and his son.

His son Samar Khan was also detained by the Crime Branch for raping the woman, Additional Commissioner of Police (crime) Rajiv Ranjan said. Ashu Maharaj, who previously had the name Asif Khan and his son Samar Khan were questioned for hours in connection with the case, the police said.

The woman alleged that he even asked her to bring her minor daughter to him and then raped her, he said. A case was registered with the Hauz Khas police station last week and the probe was transferred to the Crime Branch. The Delhi Police said it is probing the woman’s allegations and investigating the matter from all angles.

The cases were registered under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.

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