Indian sentenced to prison in S'pore
Chinnaswamy Manjaiah has got a nine month jail term for molesting a woman during fake exorcism.india Updated: May 16, 2006 12:51 IST
An Indian national who molested a woman during a fake exorcism purported to drive away a demon from her body has been sentenced to nine months in jail and three strokes of the cane.
Singarahalli Chinnaswamy Manjaiah, 30, admitted that he duped a housewife, 34, into believing she was possessed.
In addition to jail and the caning, the court on Monday fined Manjaiah 800 Singapore dollars ($500 US) for working as a fortune-teller, which is not allowed on a social visit pass.
Manjaiah arrived from Bangalore on February 24, the court heard. He stopped the victim March 2 while she was walking with a friend.
He informed her that she was possessed by a "kutty chatan", or little demon that would kill her within a month or turn her into a prostitute.
He offered to remove it for about 260 Singapore dollars ($165 US).
Two days later he led her to a housing block deck and began touching her forehead with a lemon and moved it to her chest, the prosecutor said.
He then put his hand under her sari and rubbed the lemon and his fingers over her body for 15 minutes.
The woman and her husband subsequently informed the police and Manjaiah was arrested March 6.
In pleading for leniency, the Indian man claimed that his father in India was seriously ill.