>> The rape conviction of a self-proclaimed spiritual leader in India, has led to violent protests by his followers, and the deaths of at least 19 people. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh called a God man or holy man, was found guilty of sexually assaulting two of his followers, in a case dating back to 2002.
Thousands of his supporters have rioted across the country's north in response. In addition to those killed, more than 200 are thought to be injured, arson targeting many vehicles, even watching media. Over 500 Indian soldiers are called up to restore order, about 1,000 have been arrested. Singh denies the charges, although he's called on his followers to remain peaceful.
He's the head of a spiritual and social welfare group with a following he claims numbers in the millions. They're drawn by sermons popular with people who feel the government has failed them, along with his disaster relief and medical programs. He's also starred in his own films, where he's portrayed fighting off villains, and tossing burning motorcycles into the air.
In addition to the rape conviction, he's also under investigation for allegedly convincing 400 of his male followers into castration. He denies that charge as well.