Gurmeet Singh
Current leader of the spiritual organisation Dera Sacha Sauda
Gurmeet Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is an internationally renowned Social reformer, preacher, spiritual leader and the head of the socio spiritual organisation Dera Sacha Sauda since 23 September 1990. His followers revere him as 'Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan'. Under Singh's leadership, DSS has engaged in numerous social programmes, including blood drives, tree planting, disaster relief, and support for transgender people, tribal communities, orphans, and rehabilitation of sex workers.
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Senior citizens on fast-unto-death demanding motorable road in Tehri
The Times Of India - about 3 years
More Singh,74, Rai Singh Kentrua, 78 and Onkar Das, 75, residents of Tola village, have been on a hunger strike since Monday.     
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You Can't Stash This Mustache: Ram Singh Chauhan And His 14-Foot Facial Hair
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ram Singh Chauhan has managed to avoid some close shaves in his life -- a necessity if you're the owner of the world's longest mustache. Chauhan, 58, of Jaipur, India, has a 'stash that measures 14 feet. He's been growing it since 1982, after a friend with a 7-foot-long mustache suggested it. "He said, 'Ram Singh, it’ll be good if you grow your mustache too," he told So far, the friend's prediction came true. Chauhan has appeared in many Bollywood films as well as the 1983 James Bond film "Octopussy." Chauhan officially earned the title of "World's Longest Mustache" from Guinness World Records in March, 2010. He admits keeping it looking lush is not easy. “Growing a mustache is like taking care of a baby -- you really need to nurture it," he said, according to the Mirror. “The mustache is the symbol of pride and respect. In ancient India, a mustache meant everything. It is priceless. It’s a man thing.” However, his wife, Asha, needed some time to get use ...
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Parents of accused hope their sons will escape the gallows - The Hindu
Google News - over 3 years
The Hindu Parents of accused hope their sons will escape the gallows The Hindu On the eve of the judgment in the December 16 gang-rape case, parents of three of the accused — Ram Singh (deceased), his brother Mukesh and their neighbour Vinay — appeared resigned to the fate that the three would be held guilty for the “mistake they ... Dec 16 gangrape verdict todayIndian Express ​Family of accused deals with anxiety and angerTimes of India all 4 news articles »
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Dera head asked to appear in court on Sept 17
The Times of India - over 3 years
The special CBI court at Panchkula on Tuesday directed Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh to appear in person before the court on September 17 for recording of his statement in a case related to sexual abuse of a sadhvi.     
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First Delhi gang-rape verdict due in juvenile case
Fox News - over 3 years
A New Delhi court is set to hand down the first verdict Thursday on one of five suspects on trial over the fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus, which sparked an outcry in India. A juveniles' court in the capital has finished hearing the case of a teenager, aged 17 at the time of the crime, who faces a maximum sentence of three years in a correctional facility if found guilty. The sentence is likely to cause further outrage in a country attempting to turn a rising tide of violence against women and which has passed a new law toughening sentences for adults convicted of sex crimes. The victim's family led calls for the teenager to be tried as an adult, alongside five men initially arrested over the savage crime on December 16, which led to weeks of protests in the capital and elsewhere. "We want to be reassured by the government that my rights to justice are protected. In this case the accused is hiding behind legal loopholes in the system," the father of the 23-year-old victim tol ...
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Martin Tett set to continue as county leader
Bucks Free Press - almost 4 years
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Groups Praise New India Rape Law For Stiffening Punishments
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
By Women's eNews, Swapna Majumdar NEW DELHI (WOMENSENEWS)--Women's groups here are hailing a new law, passed March 21, that stiffens punishments of sexual violence in the aftermath of the notorious gang rape last December that left a medical student dead. "The bill has made some huge improvements. By making stalking and voyeurism punishable for the first time, the law has recognized insidious forms of sexual violence against women. This is a big step forward," says Kamla Bhasin, a veteran activist and advisor at Sangat, a South Asian feminist network based in Delhi. Since stalking is often the first stage of a crime against women, Bhasin says, if it is not stopped or punished it can escalate to rape and murder. However, she adds that the real deterrence will come from changes in cultural attitude. "The law is necessary. But laws alone cannot bring lasting change. Society needs to change their patriarchal attitude towards women. The public outrage against the Dec. ...
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Drug haul case: Boxer Ram Singh remanded in judicial custody - Daily News & Analysis
Google News - almost 4 years
Daily News & Analysis Drug haul case: Boxer Ram Singh remanded in judicial custody Daily News & Analysis Boxer Ram Singh, arrested in connection with the massive drug haul near here last month, was today remanded in judicial custody till April 23 by a local court. Singh, sparring partner of Olympian Vijender Singh, was produced before the court after expiry of ... Boxer Ram Singh remanded in judicial custodyHindustan Times all 2 news articles »
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Boxer Ram Singh dismissed from Punjab Police
The Times of India - almost 4 years
A team of Fatehgarh Sahib police — investigating the drug haul case involving NRI Anoop Singh Khalon and two international boxers, raided the house of a sub-inspector (SI) Sarabjit Singh and recovered 2.600kg opium and 1kg narcotics power in Naya Gaon on Wednesday night.
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Why it is easy for Ram Singh to commit suicide in Tihar - Oneindia
Google News - almost 4 years
IBNLive Why it is easy for Ram Singh to commit suicide in Tihar Oneindia New Delhi, March 14: Tihar Jail is not new to suicide committed by pre-trial verdict inmates. Gang-rape accused Ram Singh is just one of them. Even Jail authorities and former inmates of Tihar Jail said that suicide of Ram Singh did not surprise them. 'Ram Singh is no martyr': Villagers; family 'banished', denied items for funeralDaily Bhaskar Stabbings common in Tihar, say HC judgesHindustan Times Delhi gangrape: Ram Singh's post-mortem report likely to be submittedIBNLive The Hindu -Times of India -Indian Express all 38 news articles »
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Stabbings common in Tihar, say HC judges - Hindustan Times
Google News - almost 4 years
The Hindu Stabbings common in Tihar, say HC judges Hindustan Times Packed to double its capacity, Asia's largest prison — Tihar Jail — is a dangerous place for criminals awaiting justice, as they often fell victim to blade attacks and stabbing. A panel of judges from the Delhi High Court, which assessed the security inside the ... Amateur sleuthing hourIndian Express Who killed Ram Singh: Larger questions his death raises By Humra QuraishiKashmir Times Gang-rape case: proceedings against Ram Singh abatedThe Hindu Oneindia -NDTV -Times of India all 25 news articles »
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After Ram Singh's suicide, now special watch on other gang-rape accused - Daily News & Analysis
Google News - almost 4 years
Daily News & Analysis After Ram Singh's suicide, now special watch on other gang-rape accused Daily News & Analysis A special watch has been mounted on the four others accused in the Delhi gang-rape in Tihar Jail following the alleged suicide of the main accused, an official said Tuesday. “They are on special watch and an officer has been deputed to keep a tab on their ... Ram Singh hanged himself to death: Tihar jailBusiness Standard Rape behind prison barsLivemint Delhi gang-rape case: Will Ram Singh's death benefit the other accused?Firstpost Oneindia -Times of India all 572 news articles »
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Body of dead Indian rape defendant given to family - Businessweek
Google News - almost 4 years
NDTV Body of dead Indian rape defendant given to family Businessweek NEW DELHI (AP) — The body of a man who died in a New Delhi jail while in the midst of a trial for rape has been released to his family after a post-mortem exam. Journalists outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences saw the body of Ram Singh loaded ... Post-mortem done on Delhi gang-rape accusedAFP Delhi gang rape victim's tragic death transforms her family's lifeThe Guardian “Trial in gang-rape case will not be impacted”The Hindu Oneindia -CNN -Hindustan Times all 526 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
  • 2016
    Age 48
    Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is recently honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award for most popular actor,director and writer. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was awarded 4 Platinum Plaques in four categories including Vocals, Lyrics, Composition and Music Direction for MSG-1 Music from IFPI (The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) He is awarded with Giants International Award for his social works to society in 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 47
    On 27 September 2015, the Akal Takht accepted his apology and pardoned him, but, on observing widespread resentment and protest among Sikhs regarding his pardon, the organisation revoked the pardon on 16 October.
    More Details Hide Details On 13 January 2016, actor Kiku Sharda (who played the character Palak in Comedy Nights with Kapil) was arrested in Mumbai by the Haryana Police for mimicking Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on his show. Sharda spent 14 days in judicial custody in Kaithal, Haryana. The case was registered on the complaint of Uday Singh, a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda.
    Ram Rahim has acted in the films MSG: The Messenger which was released worldwide on 13 February 2015.
    More Details Hide Details According to the producers, the movie deals with youth-related issues like drug abuse. The film has seven songs and it was released in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and English. The film received negative reviews from critics. A sequel, MSG-2 The Messenger, was released 18 September 2015, Tamil and Telugu versions respectively were released on 1 October 2015. After successful sequel of 'MSG', Ram Rahim announced his next movie "Online Gurukul" based on vedic concepts. He will play six different roles in this film.
    He supported BJP in the Bihar assembly election in 2015, and nearly 3000 Dera followers campaigned for BJP in the state.
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    In February 2015, his organisation openly supported BJP in Delhi elections, saying that he has over 20 Lakh followers in Delhi.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    On Dec 25, 2010 The Hindu published a verdict of giving clean chit in murder case of Fakir Chand given to Ram Rahim Singh by a special court of Central Bureau of Investigation in Ambala, in its closure report.
    More Details Hide Details Singh has been conferred the Z-plus security status due to the risk to his life. However, Indian security agencies, following an attack by Singh's bodyguard on a protestor, expressed concern that despite Singh's Z-plus status, his bodyguards had been granted all-India firearms permits, and had maintained Singh's inner security cordon rather than defer to the authorised official security escorts.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    On 20 June 2008, a group of Sikhs shouted anti-Dera slogans during Gurmeet Ram Rahim's visit to the Nirmal Lifestyles mall in Mumbai.
    More Details Hide Details The situation developed into an altercation between the protestors and the Dera followers, and one of the Sikh protestors was killed. This led to further protests from Sikhs in Mumbai and Punjab.
    On 2 February 2008, Ram Rahim's cavalcade was attacked with explosives, injuring 11 persons.
    More Details Hide Details A Khalistan Liberation Force member was later arrested for the attack who confessed to arranging explosives for the attack on the Dera chief and also executing the plan along with his associates. After that, Ram Rahim was protected with Z+ security cover by Government of India.
    Sikh protesters demanded Ram Rahim Singh's arrest again on June 21, 2008, following the killing of a community member by Ram Rahim Singh's bodyguard.
    More Details Hide Details According to Tehelka, Gurmeet Ram Rahim was a relative of Gurjant Singh Rajasthani, a militant in the Khalistan Liberation Force. Rajasthani reportedly intimidated Shah Mastani, the previous guru, with a revolver on Ram Rahim's behalf in order to ensure Gurmeet Ram Rahim's succession.
    On February 2, 2008 he escaped another attack on his cavalcade, where a tyre stuffed with explosives was thrown at one of the cars.
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  • 2007
    Age 39
    Ram Rahim was attacked by a mob on 16 July 2007, but escaped unhurt.
    More Details Hide Details The Dera Sacha Sauda tendered multiple apologies, regretting confusion over the dress, and stated that it had high regard for all Sikh Gurus, Sikh religion and the entire humankind. A multi religion delegation approached the apex Sikh organisation to accept the apology. Though the Akal Takht didn't use the word "rejected" — they maintained that the apology was inadequate on several counts. A criminal case filed against him, for hurting the Sikh sentiments, was dismissed by the Sirsa court in 2009. Counter-terrorism expert Ajai Sahni has stated that the tensions between the Sikh community and the Dera have been exploited by the pro-Khalistan elements. He has further quoted Indian military intelligence that Iknoor Khalsa Fauj, Khalistan Zindabad Force and Khalistan Commando Force have attempted to eliminate him. In a case where the Dera's followers were accused of being suicide attackers, the Dera has stated publicly that it was being targeted by vested political groups that were conspiring to defame it. The organisation has demanded a judicial probe into the allegations.
    He appeared before court on October 4, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details on 24 January 2009, A case of wearing a dress similar to the one donned by "the tenth Sikh guru Govind Singh" pending against Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was dismissed by the District and Sessions Judge Sirsa On Dec 03, 2010 Amar Ujala, an Indian reputed Hindi newspaper, published an article on information revealed by Central Bureau of Investigation in a closure report in court, stating that two ex-drivers of Dera Sacha Sauda were bribed to lie about the Dera chief's involvement in the murder in their statements to the media. According to the report, both the drivers were paid 3 million rupees and instructed to lie before TV channel that publicly they should take the responsibility to kill Fakir Chand along with their friends and also with the consent of the Dera chief as it was instructed to them. It was instructed to them that they should not be worried about anything and everything will be arranged. They used two news channel reporters and a fake live interview was telecasted through a channel to denigrate or malign the image of dera sacha sauda chief at Sector-22, Chandigarh (Haryana) in a hotel in 2007. An audio CD that has conversation over phone of "how to trap/defame dera sacha sauda chief" was also obtained by Central bureau of investigation over this issue.
    On August 1, 2007, Ram Rahim Singh was accused with the Chatrapati murder, the murder of Dera manager Ranjit Singh and sexual harassment.
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    On July 16, 2007 Ram Rahim Singh was attacked by a mob, but escaped unhurt.
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    On June 20, 2007 an arrest warrant against Ram Rahim Singh was issues on the matter.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a third apology, this time to the entire Sikh community, signed personally by Ram Rahim Singh.
    In May 2007 Ram Rahim Singh and Dera were the target of Sikh protests, following an incident in which Ram Rahim Singh appeared in an advert dressed in a way which Sikhs said was similar to the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. One person was killed in the violence and over 100 injured. On 20 May 2007, a press release by the organization expressed regret and offered an apology to the Tenth Guru himself. A second apology was published on 27 May 2007.
    More Details Hide Details However, both apologies were rejected by the Akal Takht, the supreme spiritual and temporal seat of the Sikhs, stating their dissatisfaction with "the manner in which the Dera chief has sent the apology".
    On 20 June 2007, a magistrate issued a warrant for Singh wearing an attire allegedly similar to the Tenth Guru under Section 295-A of the IPC on May 20 in Bathinda.
    More Details Hide Details This raised the serious issue of an affront on personal liberties enshrined in the Indian constitution, along with the fact that no state or religious institutions stepped in to address unconstitutional acts like 'boycott' and 'retaliation'. Militants who had engaged in randomly assaulting Dera members were freely causing mayhem unchecked by the police. But in Mumbai when radicals went berserk,the police acted belatedly to curb the tide of intolerance and public displays of violence against ordinary citizens.
    In May 2007 Dera Sacha Sauda was accused of insulting the Sikh community, when he appeared in an advertisement wearing attire that Sikhs claimed resembled that of 10th Sikh guru Gobind Singh.
    More Details Hide Details Terror experts say that the accusation was a serious effort by AfPak terror groups to restart terrorism in India on some pretext. After this even, there was an RDX bomb attack on his cavalcade by trained terrorists. The Punjab Police on September 4 claimed to have seized 2.5 kilograms of RDX, said to be a part of the consignment used in the attack on the convoy of Dera Sacha Sauda which further brought out the fact that the dress of the Guru was merely an excuse to escalate communal tensions. This was further compounded when "vested interests" derailed the process of negotiated settlement between the Dera and Sant Samaj, arranged by the President of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. This issue was subverted into a serious law-and-order problem in various parts of Northern India, as Dera members were attacked. At least one person trying to ram his car into the Dera cavalcade was killed by an armed guard. Over a hundred persons were injured as radicals unleashed violence against the residents of Mumbai, purportedly voicing their opposition to the dress issue." Overall, Dera members were restrained in their conduct even as their houses, properties and prayer meetings were attacked.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    Allegations started in May 2002 after an anonymous letter alleging sexual exploitation was addressed to the Prime Minister and its copies had been marked to the Union Home Minister, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Haryana Chief Minister, the Sirsa Superintendent of Police, the National Human Rights Commission, newspapers and women's and social organisations.
    More Details Hide Details Chatrapati wrote about the Dera's activities since then. Chatrapati was shot on October 24 and died on November 21.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    He established a specialised disaster relief and welfare agency called Shah Satnam Ji Green S Welfare Force Wing in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Especially in the aftermath of the Odisha cyclone and Gujarat earthquake. Ram Rahim's music has been published by Universal Music. He has written, composed and performed in his music videos which forms a genre described as "Religious Rock". He has released 6 music albums including Network Tere Love Ka. and Highway Love Charger. He has performed at over a hundred rock shows.
  • 1991
    Age 23
    Chand's brother, Ram Kumar Bishnoi, had alleged Singh's involvement in Chand's 1991 disappearance, but a CBI investigation of two dozen documents and statements by 41 witnesses failed to find any tangible link.
    More Details Hide Details On Aug 11, 2007 Tehelka, an Indian newspaper, broke a story which revealed "murders, rapes and sexual exploitation, forced castrations, and possession of illegal arms and ammunition" committed by Dera Sacha Sauda followers on behalf of Ram Rahim, the leader. First released on India TV, the newspaper report resulted in the Central Bureau of Investigation opening three different cases against Ram Rahim. They are the murder of manager Ranjit Singh, murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and the sexual exploitation of women in the Dera. Tehelka used a hidden camera during a talk with Ram Rahim's driver who revealed at least seven murders. He also revealed that one man, Faqir Chand, was tortured to get financial information and to stop him from posing a succession threat to Ram Rahim. In 2002 Ram Rahim Singh and Dera were under investigation in connection with the murder of a journalist Ram Chander Chatrapati and charges of sexual exploitation of women followers of the sect.
    One man who had been a devotee of the previous guru, Fakir Chand, disappeared in 1991, and was allegedly murdered in order to stop him from posing an alternative to Ram Rahim's succession.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, a special CBI court cleared Singh of any involvement in the murder of former DSS functionary Faqir Chand.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    On 23 September 1990, Shah Satnam held a satsang where he publicly conferred sainthood and succession of the spiritual leadership upon Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
    More Details Hide Details He is married and has three daughters and a son. His son is married to the daughter of Harminder Singh Jassi, a former Indian National Congress MLA from Bathinda. Ram Rahim was educated in a school in his village of Gurusar Modia. Because of his following, he has been described as being politically influential in the Malwa region of Punjab. In 2014 Haryana polls, his organisation supported Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
    Ram Rahim Singh is married and has three children, although he renounced family ties in 1990 to enter spiritual life.
    More Details Hide Details Under Singh's leadership, DSS has participated in a wide variety of social programs. These include an annual free eye-care event, anti-prostitution intiatives including arranging marriages to DSS members for ex sex workers, anti-drug initiatives, support for the transgendered, tribal emancipation, and anti- female foeticide campaigns. Dera Sacha Sauda has set a Guinness World Record for tree planting, three Guinness records for blood donation, and are recognised as a leading agency in whole-body donation. The entire women's roller-skating hockey team of India has been coached by Singh (at Shah Satnamji Institutions), and has twice won the Asian Gold for the country. Likewise, India's throw ball team has three members trained by Singh who brought home an Asian Gold.
    On September 23, 1990, Shah Satnam Singh Ji Maharaj held a huge satsang where he publicly conferred sainthood and succession of the spiritual leadership upon Ram Rahim Singh.
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  • 1967
    Born in 1967.
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