Rape accused in Bhanwari case seeks divine help

The minister visited the Shani Dham temple in Jodhpur on Saturday. After his visit temple priests embarked on an 11-day “cleansing ritual”  on his behalf.

The priests said the ritual would lead to completion of probe and free Maderna of all charges, if he was innocent. Temple priest Hemant Bhora who is also a BJP worker, said mantras would be recited 1.25 lakh times during the ritual termed as “Shani Sankat Nivaran”.

There is a belief that ritual if performed with full dedication may ensure victory of truth within 11 days. Maderna against whom a case of rape and murder was lodged in the missing woman’s case claimed that he was a victim of political conspiracy.

The police could not trace Bhanwari Devi who has been missing since September 1. It was alleged that the minister who is accused of having illicit relations with Bhanwari was behind the abduction and probably the elimination of the nurse.

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