Exorcist tries rape as ‘cancer cure’, police say

Woman approached man to seek a cure for her husband

Gulf News

Patna: Police in Bihar have arrested an exorcist after he allegedly tried to rape a woman as a “cure” for cancer her husband has been suffering for long.

The hapless woman approached the man as her husband’s cancer had reached an advanced stage and she didn’t have enough money to admit him in the hospital for treatment.

The bizarre incident took place at Dasaunti village in Kaimur district, some 200km south-west of Patna, earlier this week.

Reports said the woman approached the exorcist identified as Dharmraj Gond, 60, after her husband’s condition turned serious. The man sought Rs20,000 to hold a special prayer that he claimed would “cure” her husband’s cancer. After a little bargain, the deal was settled for Rs15,000 after which the couple was asked to come at night for the special prayer.

According to the woman, when she reached the man’s house for the prayer at night, she was taken alone to a dark room around midnight and suddenly found the exorcist getting physical with her. She raised an alarm. Hearing her alarm, her relatives who were waiting outside the room caught the accused and informed the police who rushed to the spot and arrested him.

“We have arrested the accused and also recovered some human skulls from his possession,” a local senior police official Manoj Ram told the media on Thursday. Police said the initial investigation has revealed the accused had a criminal past and was in the business of cheating the victims of misfortune. The police registered a case of cheating, criminal conspiracy and molesting against the accused.