Had the police acted on a complaint filed three years ago against Jainul Abidin Shaikh (37) by the father of one of his victims, seven girls might have been saved the trauma of being raped repeatedly over the past two years.
Shaikh, a tantrik, is behind bars for raping the girls. Five of them are minors.
On July 31, 2007, the victim’s father had given an application to the Byculla police informing them about the tantrik’s visits to his sister-in-law’s house and accusing him of performing black magic on his children — two girls and a boy. He asked the police to take action against Shaikh.
The police, however, did nothing. The application, a copy of which is with the Hindustan Times, was also submitted to the Special Branch and the commissioner’s office.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Cherring Dorje said the JJ Marg police were not aware of the application and since the father was not in the city, his statement has not been recorded. “If there is such an application, we would surely find out,” Dorje said.
“I am worried about my children’s lives because of this [tantrik],” the doctor’s application said. “I am worried about my daughters as he can misuse and spoil their modesty; my children are helpless.” He said Shaikh hailed from Bangladesh and would flee there if he wasn’t arrested soon.
The victim’s father, now divorced from her mother, stays in Bandra.
He blamed Shaikh for his divorce and accused him of grabbing a flat worth Rs 40 lakh from his ex-wife.
The couple married in 1987 and divorced in 2006 after the doctor got uncomfortable with his wife’s dealings with Shaikh.
A close friend of the family said the application was filed after the father found Shaikh had persuaded his former wife to buy a flat in his name.
“The money was given by the victim’s grandfather. The mother seemed to be under Shaikh’s spell, giving him all her jewellery and money,” said the friend.