Hoping to cure superstition, HT on Friday exposed a tantric who sold magical remedies to people and seduced women with his "charm".
Denuded in a two-day sting operation, tantric Abdul Rehman was arrested also on a charge of trying to outrage the modesty of the reporter who, disguised as a childless woman from Kohara village, had gone to him for solution on Thursday. Playing her brother, Mohanjit Threeay from Taraksheel Society, a non-government organisation fighting superstition, accompanied her to the office of Moin Ji Samrat (sells himself as "ruhani ilm ka mahir", or exponent of voodoo art) at Mall Road here.
Moin, along with a dozen more of his kind, is accused of violating the Drugs and Magical Remedies (objectionable advertisement) Act of 1955. Operating under his name, Abdul Rehman (30), who claimed to be Moin's brother, quoted `9,690 as fee. Chanting mantras to "invoke gods for a cure in 48 hours", he accepted `5,000 as advance.
On a blank sheet, he jotted some dummy calculations with a fluorescent marker, and made the reporter first rub the paper on her head and then toss into a glass of water. The chemically treated paper caught fire. "Tumhein kuchh dikhayi diya is mein (did you see anything inside)?" he asked her. She replied in the affirmative. Assuring her of magical results in two days, the tantric asked Threeay to leave the room and the correspondent to stay back.
While Threeay waited outside, the tantric proposed an indecent "remedy" and tried many tricks to convince the correspondent that it was necessary. On the pretext of needing time to think, the reporter wriggled out, promising to return the next day. On Friday, again Threeay was asked to leave the room and the reporter asked if she was ready.
At her signal, police raided the office and arrested Abdul Rehman and accomplice Gaurav.
A case under Sections 420 (cheating) and 354 (criminal force to outrage woman's modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered.
Drugs and Magic Remedies Act
Prohibits magical remedies, including talisman, mantra kavacha, and other charms sold as containing miraculous powers for the diagnosis, cure, treatment, and prevention of any disease or causing any influence.