In October 2018, a couple from Thane alleged that they were forced to have sexual intercourse in front of a godman who falsely promised them help in conceiving a child. The couple who was desperate to have a child had approached the accused godman for a solution back in 2014. The couple alleged that the godman forced the couple to have intercourse in his presence for almost two years as a solution to have a child. Later, in 2016, the accused godman informed the couple that there was some kind of defect in the woman's body and he was only one that could cure it and help the woman conceive. For all of this, the accused godman asked the couple to pay him Rs 10,000. The couple later filed a case with Vartak Nagar police station. Based on their complaint, the self-proclaimed goodman was arrested and later convicted and sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment
The mother of a 17-year-old girl registered a complaint with the Powai police in November 2017, alleging that her daughter was raped by a self-proclaimed tantric for the past five years. The man who lived close to the victim's house was 'treating' the girl for behavioural changes. The matter came to light after the woman followed her daughter to the tantirk's house for another round of treatment and saw him touching her inappropriately. On questioning her daughter, she found out that the tantric had been sexually assaulting her daughter from 2012
In January 2017, a 55-year-old house help was held for raping a 30-year-old maid by threatening to perform black magic on her. The accused had assured the maid nine months ago that he would help her reunite with her husband, who had left her, through black magic. Savita (name changed) was living with her husband and two kids in Antop Hill. After problems cropped up, she left him, took the kids and started living with her mother, which is when she decided to take the help of a tantrik to rid her of marital problems
In a bizarre case of blind faith, a daily soap actress who was allegedly raped and conned of Rs 26 lakh by a tantrik, told the police that the man had come to her dressed as Sai Baba and that she had been convinced the man was a manifestation of the revered saint. The actress had consulted the tantrik, who in the guise of performing a puja to ensure that the actress won a flat in a MHADA lottery she so cherished, raped her. He also escaped with Rs 26 lakh she had made as an offering but was arrested by the Charkop police. The incident occurred in May 2014
Kasturba police in Borivli found out that a tantrik and owner of a marriage bureau, who they had previously arrested for blackmailing and raping a woman employee in his office, had raped another employee as well. During an investigation, cops had found photos of nude women in an album from his Borivli (East) office. It was through this album that they traced the other woman whom he allegedly raped. The accused, ran a marriage bureau in Borivli (East). Police said the man’s modus operandi included appointing only women in his office. Later, he used to tell the woman to sit late in office due to heavy workload and used to give them a cold drink laced with drugs and rape them in his office. He also used to keep condoms, viagra pills, and photos of the women in the nude, in his office
A self-styled godman was arrested on November 19, 2015, for allegedly raping and blackmailing a 40-year-old housewife. The tantric first gained the trust of the woman by ‘solving’ her personal problems by allegedly using black magic. Later, he raped her and started blackmailing her
A tantrik allegedly raped a 36-year-old businesswoman who had approached him to help her son perform better academically. The woman registered a complaint with the Malwani police. In her complaint, she told the police that her son was academically weak and that she was worried about his poor performance. "In the first meeting, the tantrik told her he needed to perform a 'mahapuja' at her residence, to which the woman agreed. She even paid him Rs 10,000 for it. The next day, he did the puja during which he made a fountain of water emerge from a mud pot," said an officer from Malwani police station. He also assured the complainant he would 'make her son intelligent'. Impressed by his 'black magic' and his claims, the woman started interacting with him more. These meetings led to the accused shifting into the complainant’s house. According to the police, the accused gradually took more than Rs 2.5 lakh and forced her into a physical relationship with him
A tantrik's ruse was exposed on March 4, 2015, when the 37-year-old woman was rushed to Shushrusha Hospital in Dadar, after she consumed poison in an attempt to take her life. "Nobody knew that the woman was being targeted by an alleged tantrik since 2006. It was only after the suicide attempt that she narrated her ordeal in the hospital," said Police Sub-Inspector Sunil Malgavi from Wadala Truck Terminal police station. The survivor told the police that a tantrik, had been harassing her and had even extorted Rs 2 lakh from her, claiming that if she refused, he would turn into an evil spirit and hurt her parents. She said she had first met him in the car showroom she worked at, where he had gone to buy a car. He told her that he was a tantrik and could see into the future and control spirits
The Ghatkopar police had arrested a tantrik who raped a 25-year-old woman on the pretext of rescuing her from an evil spirit. An officer from Ghatkopar Police station said, "The accused was a frequent visitor to the victim’s residence as the tantrik was called by the 25-year-old victim in order to cure her father's pain. Her father was suffering from severe joint pain, which wasn't getting cured even after going to several doctors in the city." The officer added, "The investigation has revealed that since the time he had been visiting the victim's residence on the pretext of curing her father, he was planning to rape the 25-year-old. Soon the tantric saw an opportunity and he sent her father outside the residence by handing him a taviz and asked him to burn it at an isolated spot." After that, the accused took the victim to the mezzanine floor of her residence claiming that he would free her from all the evil spirits roaming around her. The accused then blew some powder on her face, which made her unconscious. Senior police inspector Venkat Patil from Ghatkopar police station said, "After she fell unconscious, the accused undressed her and raped her."
A 30-year-old woman in Vasai resorted to taking the aid of a tantrik, who claimed he could rid one of her problems "within minutes", to handle her domestic dispute and was sexually assaulted by him on several occasions. She also became pregnant in the process. According to the police, soon after her marriage, the woman started having fights with her husband, so much so that she had left him and gone back to her parents' home in Vasai. In the meantime, her husband had also relocated to his native village in Solapur district. However, she later wanted to resolve the conflict and get back together with him, for which she consulted the tantrik
In the year 2007, a woman working in an office as a telephone operator was raped by her boss who told her that he was a tantrik. On one occasion, the accused called her into his cabin and told her that a ghost was behind her and she would have to do some kind of puja to ward it off. The woman agreed, and during the puja she was raped by the accused, who also took her photos and filmed her with his mobile. The accused later threatened her and raped her on a number of occasions, until she filed a case against him on July 18, 2015
A Palghar-based tantrik was booked on charges of kidnapping and raping a 20-year-old girl. Nine accused, who are his followers, were also arrested while he and a close associate were at large. Officials from Mokhada police station said that the survivor was taken to the tantrik by her parents for treatment of an ailment
Gullible and ignorant people often knock the doors of self-styled godmen and tantriks for a solution to their problems. However, most self-healers take advantage of the vulnerability and blind faith of these people and exploit them by cheating them off money or commit crimes such as sexual assault, in the garb of providing solutions. Here's a look at sexual crimes committed by self-styled godmen against women
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