Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Wednesday demanded the cancellation of the parole of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim as he was holding satsangs and making videos for his followers after being out of jail for a few days.
The Dera chief, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for raping two of his disciples in his Sirsa’s ashram, got 40 days of parole from Sunaria Jail. He was lodged in jail in 2017.
Parole is a prisoner’s temporary release before the end of a sentence in exchange for good behaviour. Parole is given for a certain period of time. After the stipulated time, the prisoner has to come back to prison.
After coming out of jail, Rahim received a grand welcome from his disciples and followers. Soon, he made a video ahead of Diwali for his followers and released it on social media. He also held satsangs across Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
“Court had sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the cases of rape and murder. Why the parole of such a dreaded person is being granted again and again?” questioned DCW chief Swati Maliwal.
“During the parole, he does pravachan and makes songs. Some leaders of the Haryana government are completely engaged in his devotion to him…Haryana government should immediately cancel his parole,” Maliwal tweeted.
Meanwhile, Haryana Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar remained tight-lipped on the Dera chief’s parole and his actions. When asked about the Dera chief, Khattar said jails have their own rules and he is not the right person to comment on that.
The opposition also questioned the parole of the Dera chief. They alleged that parole was given keeping in mind the bypoll election of the Adampur seat, which is scheduled to be held on November 3.
Ram Rahim has a huge following in Haryana and it is said that he has considerable influence that can affect many assembly seats in the state.