Kalawati Gupta, 57, of Mumbai was the victim of a sacrifice, according to Thane Rural police. Her body was found at Nalasopara last December, the head severed, and a tantrik was among five people arrested a month later.
Kalawati’s is among 76 cases, and one of seven involving human sacrifice or murder, registered in the first year of the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013, according to data compiled by Maharashtra Andhashradda Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) of late crusader Dr Narendra Dabholkar. The Act was enacted a week after Dabholkar’s murder; Wednesday, August 20, is his death anniversary.
Kalawati used to visit the tantrik, Saravjit Ramdev Kahar, for a cure for her ailing son. According to the chargesheet filed under sections of the superstition Act and IPC, Kahar planned her sacrifice as a solution to the problems of two other clients, brothers Ramdhani Yadav and Gulab Yadav who, the chargesheet, went on to behead her.
Three-year-old Krishna too is believed to have been sacrificed after he disappeared from the courtyard of his house in a Solapur village on March 28. “After three days we found his clothes, footwear and chain. The police found some bones that appeared to be of a child,” said the boy’s father, Sadashiv Sadgar. “Several factors pointed towards human sacrifice —there was no ransom call, the hill where the belongings were found had a history of incidents relating to superstition, and the boy had disappeared just two days before Somavati Amavasya, when such aghori practices are generally carried out,” said Govind Patil of MANS. Police booked unknown persons under IPC sections of kidnapping and murder along with sections of the superstition Act; no arrests have been made.
besides Kalawati’s, two other cases involving a murder have culminated in chargesheets under the Act. One is against four members of the family of Uttam Dunedar, who died after years of battling blood cancer, of Khamkhurra village in Gondia. Police say his family believed Uttam was the victim of black magic by Prakash Paradhi of the same village. On March 10, Dunedar brothers Baliram Deenaji, 34, Naresh, 34, Suresh, 40, and Bhaurao, 40, allegedly attacked Paradhi, his father Shrawan, 65, and wife Vandana, 35. “They dragged them to a temple and beat them them up with sticks. Prakash died on the way to hospital,” said Gajanan Rajmane, subdivisional police officer.
The other chargesheet relates to the murder of Shankar Pimpalkar, 55, of Bamni village in Chandrapur in July. He and his partner, Kantabai Kasture, 47, were beaten up by a mob who believed continued…