Speaking at an event in Tonk, about 90 km from Jaipur, Asaram Bapu reportedly said the girl was equally at fault for getting raped and could have avoided it had she taken guru diksha and chanted the Saraswati Mantra.
According to a report broadcast on CNN-IBN, Asaram Bapu made the following observations about the Delhi gang-rape:
"Those who were at fault were drunk. Had she taken guru diksha and chanted the Saraswati Mantra, she would not have boarded any random bus after watching a movie with her boyfriend. Even if she did, she should have taken God’s name and asked for mercy.
She should have called them brothers, fallen at their feet and pleaded for mercy. Had she said, “I am a weak woman, you are my brothers”, such brutality would not have happened."
The self-proclaimed godman also said he was against harsher punishments for rape accused as such laws could be misused.