Rape, murder and ‘castration’: Inside the Indian ‘Guru of Bling’s’ sinister sex cult

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who has an estimated net worth of $40 (£26) million allegedly convinced up to 400 men to carry out castrations on themselves because it would bring them closer to God

Self-style ‘godman’ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was last week given life for the murder of a journalist who was set to expose his abuse of female followers

He was India’s ‘guru of bling’, the colourful cult leader who was a figure of devotion to some, and a figure of fun to others.

Self-styled ‘godman’ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, claimed to have supernatural powers and some 60 million followers worldwide.

The bearded mystic became known for his outlandish clothes and flashy jewellery, his love of over-sized motorbikes, and his extravagant films in which he appeared as a singing, dancing superhero, beating up gangsters and killing ghosts and aliens.

But Singh’s fantastical world came crashing to the ground in August 2017 when he was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two women at his sect’s headquarters in the town of Sirsa, northern India.

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