Inside Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s Roobaroo Nights

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Inside Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s Roobaroo Nights

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

 

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ere’s what we know by now about self-styled God-man Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and the cult-like following of Dera Sacha Sauda. We know he has just been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two of his female followers. We also know that the followers, who call themselves “premis” or “Insaan”, wreaked havoc in Panchkula when their “papaji” was convicted. We also know that the Dera’s followers – several of them lower-caste and -class men and women in semi-urban Punjab and Haryana – consolidated under his leadership with the prospect of leading their lives with dignity.

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