A judge who sentenced a controversial Indian guru convicted of rape to 20 years in prison called him a “wild beast” who deserved no leniency.

According to BBC News, Judge Jagdeep Singh said in his order that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s assault of his disciples was “custodial rape” and he “deserved maximum punishment”.

The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers from 1999 to 2002.

A lawyer for the victims said “40-50 women” had come forward with allegations of rape and they would be seeking further investigation in the case.

Apart from the rape charges against him, Ram Rahim Singh denies charges of murder in two cases due to be heard next month.

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