Temple priest, two posing as god-men arrested for rape

A 27-year-old priest from a Rajkot temple has been arrested for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting a 37-year-old woman under the pretext of “ending her miseries”. Police said two other men from Mumbai, posing as divine men, had been arrested earlier because they also allegedly raped the woman under the pretext of helping her get rid of the “aghori atma”.

The accused were identified as Mahant Gautamgiri Gosai from Rajkot as well as Swami Pranavanand Shukla and Hemant Joshi from Mumbai. While Shukla and Joshi were arrested on August 9, Gosai was arrested on Thursday.

A case was registered for rape and cheating under the Indian and Maharashtra Penal Code on Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Diabolical and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Law, 2013 on 8 August after the woman, a resident of Mumbai, approached police claiming that she was sexually assaulted by several men.

Police said the three defendants won the woman’s trust by telling her that she was possessed by “aghori atma” and that she would need to get close to them to get rid of it.

The woman, in her statement to the police, said she got married in 2002 and separated from her husband in 2003. proclaimed god, Swami Pranavanand Shukla, in 2011 asking for a cure, ”an officer said .

“She was told she was possessed and in order to get rid of the evil spirit she would have to get intimate with Shukla.” As a result, the woman was repeatedly raped by Shukla.

Police said that in 2015, Shukla introduced her to Joshi. “The woman said that Joshi also raped her… At the suggestion of Shukla and Joshi, she also went to Rajkot every month, where a temple priest, Mahant Gautamgiri Gosai, raped her under the pretext of to help. said the officer.

Police said the woman was also forced into prostitution as she was told it would help her get rid of the evil spirit.

“Shukla introduced her to a person named Chintransh Chinkhi, who would send her to different parts of the country to prostitute herself. He was told to return all the money to Shukla, ”the officer said.

Police said a businessman offered to help and gave him Rs 35 lakh after hearing his ordeal, but the money was confiscated by Shukla.

In August, when the woman realized that her problems had not yet been resolved despite an abuse tolerance of around 10 years, she filed a complaint with the police.