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Godman makes 2 Maharashtra women eat dung on pretext of lifting black magic spell, 4 held

Mumbai city news: The police swung into action after a video of the women being whipped went viral

mumbai Updated: Jun 13, 2017 20:17 IST
Pratik Salunke
Pratik Salunke
Hindustan Times
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LAtur police have arrested four locals for introducing the women to the godman (Representational photo)

Two women from Latur, aged 18 and 47, were allegedly made to eat dung and whipped by a self-proclaimed godman from Karnataka on the pretext of curing them of their illness. The women believed that someone had cast a black magic spell on them and it was the reason for the failing health. The Latur police have arrested four people and are on the lookout for their woman accomplice and the godman, who are on the run.

The incident had occurred on June 6 in Bidar district, the northernmost part of Karnataka. Prabhakar Kisade, Pandit Kore, Gangadhar Shewale and Dadgu Shewale, all in their mid 30s, had taken the two women to Karnataka to meet the baba.

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“We initiated a probe after a video of the incident went viral. Four locals, who had introduced the women to the baba, were arrested on Tuesday,” said Vikas Naik, deputy superintendent of police, Chakur.

The accused told the women they were victims of bhanamati (black magic spell) and knew a baba who could cure them of their illness.

“The women should have consulted a doctor immediately rather than falling prey to such practices,” said Naik.

The police swung into action after a video of the women being whipped went viral. A team of Latur police would be visiting Karnataka.

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“Such practices are observed across Maharashtra, but most go un reported,” said Mukta Dabholkar, daughter of slain anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 20:17 IST