Recent news about support of Indian Guru Ram Rahim was surprising to many people, as his followers supported him even though he was convicted of rape.
People who go to such Gurus are in need of constant self assurance and are suffering from fear and anxiety. When they go to such Gurus and pray for success of some task, they are deeply focusing for the success of their work. When they become successful, they attribute it to these Gurus and become staunch followers. In reality, they could have thanked their own focus on the task !