India’s self-styled guru and spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh poses prior to the release of his film ‘MSG Messenger of God’ II in New Delhi, India, 14 Sept 2015 An Indian court on 25 Aug 2017 found Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape, sentencing him to 7 years in jail. (EPA photo)
NEW DELHI — A curfew is in place in a north Indian town where a spiritual guru who was convicted of rape last week is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
A judge will travel to the prison in Rohtak town where the bling-loving guru, who calls himself Dr. Saint Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Ji Insan, has been held since being convicted Friday. The conviction had sparked violent protests by his followers that left at least 38 people dead.
Trains and buses leading to Rohtak have been cancelled to prevent his supporters from gathering there. Local police said several layers of security were in place around the prison and government troops had permission to use firearms if violence erupted.
The guru faces seven years to life in prison.