A two-month-old girl child died mysteriously at a slum cluster near Sector 9 after she was brought back home from a tantrik (witch doctor) who had allegedly performed some ‘magical treatment’ on her.
The baby’s father has lodged an FIR against the tantrik for “killing his daughter”. The accused is missing.
“Suresh Shah, a resident of the Sector 9 slums, lodged an FIR on Thursday night against tantrik Raj Kumar, who stays in the same area. He alleged that his treatment has killed his daughter. The father claimed the tantrik recited wrong mantras. An FIR has been lodged against Raj Kumar. The body has been sent for post-mortem,” said R.N. Mishra, Deputy Superintendent of Police.
Mishra said the child was born on June 28 and a few days later, she fell ill and admitted to to Kalawati Hospital for 13 days.
“On August 25, she again fell ill and this time her parents took her to a nearby tantrik as her parents felt some evil spirit had caused her illness,” he said.
On August 26, the child fell unconscious but the parents believed the tantrik could revive her and went to him, the police said. “They went to him again but he was not at home. They consulted the other tantriks who told them the girl died because Raj Kumar had recited wrong mantras. They advised him to go back to him as only he can put life back in her,” said Mishra.
Unable to get help from any tantrik and convinced the child was dead they approached the police on Thursday and lodged a complaint against Raj Kumar.
“It appears the child died because of non-availability of medical aid on time as her parents took her to the tantrik instead of taking her to hospital. “The tantrik did not administer anything. He just waved a peacock feather fan and chanted mantras,” said Mishra.