‘Tantrik’ held for raping woman on pretext of treating her

A tantrik was arrested on the charge of raping a 45-year-old woman after promising to cure her of depression.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2013 1:31:50 am

A tantrik was arrested on the charge of raping a 45-year-old woman after promising to cure her of depression. The incident was reported from South Campus area in South Delhi on Tuesday night,police said.

According to police,the tantrik,identified as Heera Lal (63),went to the victim’s house to cure her of her depression by performing an exorcism. He reportedly told the woman’s husband and children to stay away from her for two days as part of the process. He took advantage of her isolation and raped her,police said.

In her complaint to police,the woman said Lal came to her house around 11 pm on Tuesday and told her that they would have to perform a ritual. He reportedly asked the woman to collect the material necessary for the pooja. Lal then reportedly put a powdery substance in the hawan kund after which the woman fell unconscious. “She said the accused took her to a room and raped her. He then fled the spot,” a senior police officer said.

When the woman regained consciousness,she informed her husband about the incident who in turn made a PCR call.

The woman underwent a medical examination,which confirmed rape and a case was registered.

“We then formed a team to nab Lal. He was arrested on Wednesday afternoon near Safdarjung Hospital. During questioning,he confessed that he raped her,” the officer said. Police said they were verifying if Lal was involved in similar cases before.

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