Self-styled faith healer held for rap­ing woman in Pal­ghar

The Free Press Journal - - FPJ MUMBAI -

A 48-year-old self-styled faith healer has been ar­rested for al­legedly rap­ing a woman on the pre­text of help­ing her over­come her suf­fer­ings here in Ma­ha­rash­tra, po­lice said Satur­day.

The ac­cused, Ajay Chowd­hari, a res­i­dent of Vi­rar area, was ar­rested late Fri­day night, Pal­ghar po­lice spokesper­son He­mant Katkar said.

The 37-year-old vic­tim in her com­plaint said she came in con­tact with the ac­cused in May last year, when he of­fered to help her and gave a 'taveez' (an amulet), which, he said, would re­solve her prob­lems.

The ac­cused also al­legedly raped her on sev­eral oc­ca­sions till Oc­to­ber this year on the pre­text of help­ing her con­ceive a child, Katkar said, quot­ing the woman's com­plaint.

How­ever, the vic­tim later re­alised that she had been cheated and sex­u­ally as­saulted by the ac­cused and lodged a po­lice com­plaint against the ac­cused on Fri­day.

Based on the com­plaint, the ac­cused was ar­rested and booked un­der IPC sec­tions for rape and crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion, and pro­vi­sions of the Ma­ha­rash­tra Preven- tion and Erad­i­ca­tion of Hu­man Sac­ri­fice and other In­hu­man, Evil and Aghori Prac­tices and Black Magic Act, Katkar added.

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