Mumbai: Five people were arrested for allegedly raping a 35-year-old woman on the pretext of performing rituals to remove “Vastu mistakes” in her house in Maharashtra’s Palghar
According to the official, the five people who have been detained are friends of the victim’s husband. They allegedly informed the victim that in order to find peace for herself and her husband, she would need to participate in certain rituals.
“The accused began visiting the victim’s home frequently beginning in April 2018 and would perform rituals when the victim was by herself. They would give her a drugged beverage they called “panchamrit” and rape her, he claimed.
Additionally, the accused took gold and cash from her, allegedly for rituals that would bring about peace, wealth, and a steady government job for her husband.
She was raped in 2019 in Thane’s Yeoor Forest, followed by assaults at the main accused’s house in Kandivali and a resort in Lonavala. They snatched her gold and 2.10 lakh rupees, he said.
On September 11, a Talasari woman who primarily consists of tribal people made a complaint, and on the same day, a police squad detained Ravindra Bhate, Dileep Gaikwad, Gaurav Salvi, Mahendra Kumavat, and Ganesh Kadam for the offense.
“We are finding out if the five accused have used the same modus operandi on others as well,” Talasari police station senior inspector Vijay Mutadak said.
The five have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 376 (rape), 376(2)(n) (offense of committing rape repeatedly on the same woman), and 420 (cheating), according to Palghar Superintendent of Police Balasaheb Patil.
Additionally, he claimed, that the 2013 Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil, and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act has been used.