A guru, who calls himself "Godman" and has millions of devotees across India, has been taken into custody over the alleged sexual assault of a teenager.

Asaram Bapu, who was heavily criticised earlier this year for saying the victim of the fatal New Delhi gang rape would have been set free had she called her attackers brothers and pleaded for mercy, denies the charge.

The 72-year-old's arrest has sparked days of rival protests across India. 

Demonstrators are calling for tough action against him, while Bapu's supporters say there is a conspiracy to tarnish his reputation.

Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond reports.

Source: Al Jazeera