"Double standards of BJP on crime against women have been exposed. Death penalty to others but pardon to fake godman," he said on Twitter.

His remarks also came in the backdrop of the BJP raising a hue and cry in Parliament over rapes across the country. Singh’s remarks came close on the heels of BJP leader Prabhat Jha defending Asaram Bapu, terming rape charges against him as a "Congress conspiracy". "Rape charge against Asaram Bapu is a well planned Congress conspiracy," Jha had said on Tuesday.

"In any complaint by a woman or a girl, the onus of proving someone innocent, the burden of proof lies on the accused. So instead of running away from investigation, Asaram Bapu should present himself before the Jodhpur Police and help in the investigation of the complaint against him. This is not the first time that such allegations are made against him," Singh had said on Wednesday.

(Agencies)

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