PUNE: A 31-year-old woman from Pune was allegedly exposed to a traumatic ritual in which ashes given by a godman were rubbed on her bare body to “help her give birth to a male kid.” After giving birth to two daughters, the woman was subjected to four years of mental and physical harassment by her husband and mother-in-law, according to authorities.
The Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil, and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013, as well as applicable Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections dealing to molestation, criminal intimidation, and domestic violence, have been used to charge them. The man just married another woman, according to authorities, and has been living with her.
In 2016, the woman married the man and gave birth to her first daughter in 2017. Her spouse and his mother have been tormenting her emotionally and physically since then, according to authorities. According to investigators, they used to punch her in the stomach and accuse her of bringing bad luck to their home.
According to investigators, they began demanding additional gold assets from her parents. The harassment by her husband and mother-in-law worsened when their second daughter was born in 2020, according to authorities. According to police, the woman said in her complaint that her husband threatened to kill her daughters.
The mother, fed up with the harassment, returned to her parents’ residence with her two girls a few months ago, according to authorities. Her husband brought her to Pune in the third week of August, and she was taken to a godman in a village near Kamshet, where the latter performed a ritual and gave the pair a bag of ashes. According to authorities, the woman claimed that after returning home, she was forced to remove her clothes and the ashes were smeared over her body.
“The woman came to us shortly with a complaint, and a FIR was immediately registered following preliminary inquiry,” said Inspector Arvind Pawar of the Mahalunge police post. The mother-in-law and the godman, Baban Dagdu Pawar (49), have been arrested, according to Inspector Dashrath Waghmode, the case’s investigating officer. The spouse has yet to be detained.