Biography of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insane, crown of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, has two state governments on the edge as he awaits a verdict on a rape case on Friday. The self-styled godman is no mere saffron-clad guru, but a curious amalgam of reel and real defying easy description.
The states of Punjab and Haryana have been brought to standstill after the special CBI court verdict in a rape case against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The decision was announced in Panchkula today and can lead to agitation among his followers. Schools and colleges in Panchkula were closed on Wednesday and are said to reopen on August 28 while the suspension of mobile internet is also being considered in order to curb violence from spreading, according to a report by The Indian Express. The security in both the states has been beefed up while Army has also been contacted by the state governments to ensure assistance in maintaining law and order
1. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan is a multi-faceted personality. He has been the head of the India-based socio-spiritual organization Dera Sacha Sauda since September 23, 1990. Apart from being a spiritual guru with millions of followers, he is also a singer, actor and entrepreneur.
2. He is among the 36 Indians to have a VVIP status and hence merits Z-level security, in addition to his own private guards.
3. He is married to Harjeet Kaur and has two daughters – Charanpreet Kaur and Amarpreet Kaur, and a son named Jasmeet Singh.
4. According to his website, he is said to play a wide range of sports that include volleyball, kabaddi, lawn tennis, cricket, football, billiards, table tennis, snooker, basketball, water polo and others.
5. He has received an honorary doctorate degree from the UK-based World Records University.
“Ram Rahim has 53 world records in various categories, out of which 17 are Guinness records, 27 are Asia Book records, 7 India Book records and 2 are Limca records. Basically, Babaji’s personality is an all-round one, which we considered. In the five years of India operations, the university has awarded around 100 Indians so far,” the university had said in a statement.
6. So far, he has written, produced, directed and acted in three movies. And in all of them, he can be seen wearing fancy colorful clothes, riding a motorcycle, performing heroic feats and thrashing bad folks.
7. Ram Rahim is also facing trial in three criminal cases. He is accused of murdering Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chatrapati, who had investigated and written about alleged illegal activities going on in the Dera. Chatrapati was shot on October 24, 2002, and he died a month later in hospital.
The Dera chief is also accused of allegedly killing, in July 2002, sect manager Ranjit Singh. In 2002, a sadhvi had written an anonymous letter addressed to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, accusing Ram Rahim of sexual abuse. In his defense, the self-styled godman had told Panchkula court that he is not mentally and physically fit to have sexual intercourse.
8. He has also been honored with most popular Actor, Director, Writer award by Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation.
9. The Dera chief has earned the ire of Sikh radicals in the past, who accused him of allegedly dressing-up as the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh in 2007, following which Punjab had been on the boil for many days.
10. He launched his ‘MSG’ range of “swadeshi and organic” products about two years ago. The business is looked after by the Dera chief’s children.
11. An adventure lover, Baba, in one of his concerts sang a song called ‘Chocolate’ by suspending himself at 30 feet above ground level in a moving crane.
12. It is reported that Baba had said yes to take part in the reality show Bigg Boss 9 but only on one condition that he should be allowed to exit the house for at least 2 to 3 hours to meet his followers.