The Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) has cancelled the license of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh after his conviction in a rape case.
Not only this, Cine And TV Artistes Association on Sunday unanimously terminated the work permit of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Dera Sacha Sauda chief has been convicted in two rape cases and sentenced to 20 years in jail. The rapist sect chief was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in each of the two instances of rape. The sentences will run consecutively.
The charges against Gurmeet Ram Rahim date back to 2002, when a Dera sadhvi wrote an anonymous letter to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying she was raped by the Dera chief. In the letter, the sadhvi also accused Gurmeet Ram Rahim of raping several other female followers inside the sprawling Dera campus on the outskirts of Sirsa in the state of Haryana.
Following the letter, a case was registered by the CBI against the self-styled godman after allegations of sexual exploitation of the sadhvis. The sadhvis reportedly made shocking allegations against Ram Rahim and two of them accused him of having raped them on account of ‘purity’. The hearing in the case has been on since 2007 when the CBI filed a chargesheet against the Dera chief.