In a shocking incident, three sadhus living in an ashram in Amreli were arrested Sunday for allegedly raping a middle-aged woman from Botad who was employed at the ashram. According to police, the incident occurred in Sat Devidas Ashram in Narayanagar village of Damnagar Taluka in Amreli where the woman was allegedly kept hostage for one-and-a-half years and raped multiple times.
A case of rape was registered at Damnagar police station on Saturday against three men who are ‘Sadhu Bhagat’ (devotees of a seer) and stay at the ashram. The accused have been arrested under Indian Penal Code sections 376 for rape, 506 for criminal intimidation and 340 for wrongful confinement.The woman said that she was called by the accused from Botad to Sat Devidas Ashram for labour work. However, she was then allegedly confined to a room for one-and-a-half years and raped multiple times by the three. The woman was also allegedly threatened not to disclose the incident to anyone.