Ram Rahim moves HC against rape verdict

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The new information could be vital in the investigation into the allegations of mass castration of devotees held at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana.

The court had in September issued arrest warrants against top Dera functionaries - Honeypreet, Aditya Insan and Pawan Insan- after being charged of sedition, inciting violence and being involved in a conspiracy to help Ram Rahim escape following his conviction by a CBI court. Honeypreet is now spending her time in Panchkula police lock-up which even lacks a ceiling fan.

The statements of all five Dera supporters - Rakesh, Chamkaur Singh, Dan Singh, Dilawar and Surinder Singh - have been videographed by the police. In order to map her previous movements while she was absconding the police took Honeypreet to all such locations which they supected with the hope of breaking her down so that she answers the questions.

A former Dera Sacha Sauda member in 2012 had alleged that at least 400 men were castrated after being drugged inside the sect's Sirsa campus.

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Panchkula Civil Surgeon Dr Sanjeev Trehan said the medical team would determine the circumstances in which the testicles of Daan Singh and Rakesh Kumar were removed. Singh has now called for a speedy investigation by the Central Bereau of Investigation (CBI) to solve the case.

The two women, who were raped by Ram Rahim, have also moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding his punishment be extended to a life term.

Ram Rahim had allegedly got his followers castrated by claiming that the procedure would get them "closer to god". According to DNA, the self-styled godman has challenged the ruling of the special CBI court by filing an appeal in the High Court.

"High Court admitted our appeal that rape conviction is unfair".

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