Tantrik raped seven girls
At least seven girls, including five minors and their domestic help, were raped by a tantrik for the past two years.mumbai Updated: Nov 30, 2010 01:33 IST
At least seven girls, including five minors and their domestic help, were raped by a tantrik for the past two years. The JJ Marg police arrested the tantrik, Jainul Abidin Shaikh (37) alias Mehdi Kasam alias Bangali Baba, early on Monday after an 18-year-old victim revealed the crime to her father.
Shaikh, a resident of Antop Hill, was produced before the Mazagaon Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was remanded in police custody till December 3.
Shaikh’s oldest victim, the domestic help, is 22 years old. Among his victims were an 18-year-old student of commerce and her 13-year-old sister. Shaikh also allegedly raped four of their minor cousins.
Police said the tantrik had assured his victims’ mothers that he would cure them of a ‘genetic disorder’ plaguing the family. “All the mothers of the victims had normal daughters, but gave birth to mentally or physically challenged sons. The women assumed that this was a hereditary problem,” said police sub-inspector S Bagwe, of the JJ Marg police.
“Superstition led two of the sisters to approach the tantrik. The tantrik also promised the women that he would cure their mentally challenged sons,” said Bagwe.
Police said Shaikh persuaded the family to give him Rs 60 lakh for the ‘treatment’.
The girls and the domestic help were forced to stay in a rented apartment at Swastik Chambers at Musafirkhana. Police said they were drugged and raped repeatedly.
“The girls were forced to have abortions. The tantrik used to rent rooms at various lodges, the bills for which were settled by the victims’ mothers,” said Bagwe.
Officers investigating the case said the eldest of the girls’ mothers lived in London, while the rest stayed at Colaba and Mazagaon.
“The girls gave in to the tantrik; they were brainwashed into thinking that it was part of the treatment. However, when the 18-year-old victim could not bear it any longer, she told her father, a doctor, what they had been subjected to,” said Bagwe.
First Published: Nov 30, 2010 01:30 IST