Vrindavan tantrik gets 25 years jail for raping married woman

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Mathura : A fast track court has sentenced 25 years imprisonment to an occult practitioner for raping a married woman in his Vrindavan based ashram. The tantrik criminally assaulted the woman in the name of ‘healing her stomach ache’.  The shameful incident took place in 2017.

In July 2017, the rape victim from Hathras had approached the accused, Baba Dwarkadas, for a solution to her regular stomach ache. She went to Baba’s ashram along with her husband and four-year-old daughter. After conversation, Dwarkadas had directed her to stay in a room on the second floor saying that the treatment of "evil forces would start at 10 pm", additional district counsel Praveen Kumar Singh said.

The tantrik also asked her husband to take a kindled earthen lamp downstairs around the same time and to return only after the lamp turns off. Dwarkadas, then physically abused the woman and raped her despite her protests and said it was a part of the treatment to "eliminate the impact of evil forces", Mr Singh said. 

Next morning, the victim was raped again in the name of ‘nimu exercise’ when her husband was asleep. When the women protested, the tantrik warned her to keep quiet or she will see the death of her family. But, once the couple left for Hathras, the woman disclosed the entire incident to her husband.

The couple then came to Vrindavan and lodged an FIR against Baba Dwarkadas on July 22 last year.

"The learned additional district judge of the fast track court Vivekanand Sharan Tripathi has also imposed a fine of Rs. 25,000; and on its non- payment the accused would have to undergo further imprisonment of 27 months," Mr Singh said.

Though, for some reason, the victim had changed her statement during the trial saying that the rape was committed by someone else, the court, on the basis of the evidence produced by police, statement of doctor and the woman's earlier statement, declared the rapist tantrik 20-year rigorous imprisonment under section 376 (pertaining to rape) and four year rigorous imprisonment under section 506 (intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code or the IPC, Mr Singh said.