A quack was sentenced to 25 yrs in prison for raping a married lady in the garb of treating her stomach ache.
The case had been tried in a local fast track court.
The crime took place in the quack cum occultist’s Vrindavan-based ashram.
It emerged that the woman had been under severe pain in her stomach pain and on the suggestion of an acquaintance, she along with her husband and four-year-old daughter reached the ashram in Vrindavan in July last year.
She was told by a disciple of the accused tantrik (occultist) to stay in a room on the second floor and that the treatment of the evil haunting her will start shortly.
The woman’s husband was kept busy elsewhere as he was given lighted earthen lamp with the instruction that he would take it downstairs and return only after the lamp was extinguished.
The accused identified as Baba Dwarkadas not only molested the victim, he raped her despite her protesting the crime.
The victim was later told that the ‘rape’ was part of the exercise to tame evil forces haunting her.
But her ordeal continued as she was again subjected to rape next morning.
At the time, her husband was sound asleep.
The accused later warned her to keep quiet or else her family would be eliminated, as per complaint.
But the lady somehow decided that she should protest the crime and along with her husband, filed a police complaint.
On the basis of evidence produced by police, statement of doctor and her earlier statement, the Tantrik was awarded 20 year rigorous imprisonment.>