The nation came together to applaud the judicial system on Friday when Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was found guilty of rape in a case that was registered in 2002. The written complaint, on the basis of anonymity, was written by two female followers that stated that the 'godman' had sexually exploited them.
While this was a winning situation for the rape victims, Gurmeet Ram Rahim's followers created a massive havoc in Punjab and Haryana. Soon after the verdict, violence broke out in Punjab and Haryana which has claimed 28 lives and left 250 injured.
Bollywood stars such as Farhan Akhtar, Anupam Kher, Bhumi Pednekar, Esha Gupta and Raveena Tandon, among others have praised the court's judgement against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. But, they also condemned the riots by his followers.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 25, 2017
I hope my friends and family are all safe in Chandigarh.Its a very sad state of affairs.Be safe ????????
— bhumi pednekar (@psbhumi) August 25, 2017
Again.. riots in the name of religion.. #RamRahimVerdict.. prayers with all those stuck in the riots stricken areas/states ????????
— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) August 25, 2017
2020 toh bahut door hai.. Bharat ka naksha abhi se badalne lag gaya hai.. welcome to New India
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) August 25, 2017
The way the followers are reacting,rioting,itself proves what the cult was all about...saddened to see such shameful goons on the loose . https://t.co/HndVy2CjXB
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) August 25, 2017
Attach all Dera properties and sell them to compensate the national loss by arson and vandalism. Shame Gurmeet followers. No respect for you pic.twitter.com/Tgl03SYTpt
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) August 25, 2017
Violence is what #GurmeetRamRahimSingh seems to have taught his followers. This is nonsense & Govt. needs to use full force to STOP it NOW.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) August 25, 2017
How insecure & psychologically-impaired does one have to be, not to be able to see past so-called "godmen" of all religions? Tax-free thugs.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 25, 2017
I hope he stays in jail long enough to see every one of his Nutjob followers lose enthusiasm, go back to life, and forget about him.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) August 25, 2017
Thanks to our judiciary democracy lives on. #Pride.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) August 25, 2017
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