Tantrik tries to molest woman

A Delhi court has sentenced a self-styled tantrik to three years in jail for cheating and outraging the modesty of a woman.

Metropolitan magistrate Kiran Gupta sentenced Harsh, a father of four minor children, to three years in jail for cheating a 26-year-old woman by inducing her to part with her money to perform prayers. Then he had assaulted her on the pretext of curing her husband’s alcoholism.

The court expressed “shock” at the incident, saying, “It is ironical that despite being educated and part of civilised society, people get swayed by false claims of such self-acclaimed tantriks or babas.”

Harsh used to run a small office in Patel Nagar, and frequently gave advertisements in newspapers, claiming to solve issues his divine power. On seeing one such advertisement, the woman visited him on June 6, 2011 and discussed her husband’s alcoholism. Harsh told her to perform a ritual and took Rs 2,700 from her. After some days, she again met Harsh, who took Rs 17,000 from her to perform another prayer.

With no positive change in her married life, she visited Harsh on June 21, 2011. While she was waiting, Harsh asked her to establish a physical relationship with him. He started unclothing himself, and misbehaved with her.

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