A magisterial L court on Friday sentenced a woman to three years of rigorous imprisonment for duping another woman of Rs 1.03 crore by promising her to cure her husbands Parkinsons disease through black magic.
Rucha Vivek Godse (44),resident of Gananjay Society Kothrud,cheated Sujata Pramod Devdhar (61),a resident of the same neighborhood,in 2009.
In his verdict,Judicial Magistrate First Class Amitsingh Mohane observed that harsh punishment should be given to people who cheat others and take advantage of their superstitious beliefs.
No leniency can be showed to those who make money by cheating others and spreading superstitions in society. Narendra Dabholkar spent his entire life to rid society of this evil,but society is yet to wake up to the reality of the perils of superstitions, said the judge.
According to the prosecution,Devdhars husband was suffering from Parkinsons for about six years,before she met the self-proclaimed sorcerer. Complainants husband was undergoing treatment for the disease. Godse told the complainant that she had supernatural powers through which she could see that the patient was under the influence of black magic. She promised her that she would neutralise the effect of the magic through some rituals, the prosecution said.
At the pretext of this,the convict took money from the complainant on several occasions. In total,the accused took Rs 1,03,91,000 from Devdhar between May 13 and September 7,2009.
On December 20,the same year,the complainants husband died. Devdhar approached Godse and asked her to return the money as her techniques had failed. Godse gave her two cheques for Rs 40 lakhs each,but both of them bounced. Later,Godse gave another cheque of Rs 20 lakh,which was cashed by the complainant. She later approached the Kothrud police after she learnt that Godse cheated her.
Public prosecutor Varsha Prabhu examined five witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on the convict.