A 70-year-old tantrik (occultist) has been arrested for allegedly raping a 29-year-old woman at his home in west Delhi’s Nihal Vihar on Thursday night. The woman had gone to meet the tantrik as he had promised to cure her ailment by his ‘touch therapy’, police said on Friday.
The woman told the police that the tantrik had threatened to destroy her family and ruin her life with black magic powers if she informed anybody about the sexual assault or filed any complaint against him. Butt the woman reported the matter at the Nihal Vihar police station.
A senior police officer confirmed receiving the woman’s complaint. He said the victim was sent to a government hospital for examination that confirmed rape. “A case was registered on the basis of the woman’s complaint and her medical report. A raid was conducted at the tantrik’s house and he was arrested. He has been identified as Kapil Dev,” said a police officer.
Investigators said they recovered some visiting cards from the tantrik’s house that he used to distribute in the locality and targeted gullible people, especially women. The visiting card had his name, phone number, address of the ‘clinic’, and services that he provided to his clients.
The accused had advertised he could cure people’s problems by chanting religious hymns, using his divine powers and through his ‘magical touch’. The police suspect him of allegedly sexually abusing more women on the pretext of treating their chronic ailments. But no other complaint had been received against him till Friday evening, said a police officer.
According to the officer, the woman lives with her husband in Nihal Vihar. She had been suffering from chronic abdomen and back pain for the past few years and had consulted different doctors but got no relief. Recently, her friend told her about the tantrik.
The woman decided to seek the tantrik’s help for getting relief from her prolonged ailment. He asked her to come to his house on Thursday. When she reached his home, the tantrik was alone in his room. During the alleged touch therapy session, the tantrik allegedly persuaded her to strip herself for some medication.
Clueless about his ill-motives, the woman agreed and stripped before him, only to be allegedly raped by the tantrik. When she raised an alarm, he threatened to destroy her with his black magical powers, said police.