70-year-old tantrik held for sexual assault

A 70-year-old tantrik was arrested in west Delhi for raping a woman who visited him to get her stomach ache cured.

The incident happened on Thursday evening after which the woman went to the Nihal Vihar police station and registered a complaint against him.

Police sent the woman for a medical test, and after sexual assault was confirmed the tantrik was arrested. He is identified as Kapil Dev, a residence of Nihal Vihar.

According to police, Dev claimed to have the ability to cure several physical and personal problems by chanting religious mantras, and using his divine powers.

“He claimed to remove obstacles for people who wanted to go abroad. He also claimed to solve family disputes. He said he could help people control their loved ones through his magical powers,” said a police officer.

Dev has allegedly made more than a dozen women her targets till now, but only the victim in the latest case dared to expose him.

The 29-year-old woman, who lives in Shivram Park in Nihal Vihar area, had mentioned her chronic stomach pain to a friend.

The woman’s friend told her about a tantrik who lived in nearby Chandra Vihar and was known to cure ailments through the power of tantra. Convinced by her friend, the woman reached the tantrik’s house.

The woman later claimed that the exorcist asked her to remove her clothes so that he could treat her by touching her body with his fingers.

“He told the woman that he will cure her through ‘touch therapy,’ and for that she had to take off her clothes,” said a police officer.

When the woman reluctantly removed her clothes, the tantrik sexually assaulted her. When she tried to raise an alarm, he threatened to ruin her life through his magical powers. Despite the threat, the woman lodged a complaint with police.

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