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Thane: Promising to rain money, godman, aides rape 17 girls

Thane Crime Branch Unit 1 officials recently busted a sex racket involving a godman and his team, who had abused more than 17 girls and young women.  The police said the accused godman and his team used to lure minor girls and women on the pretext of bringing about a money shower with his ‘divine’ powers, after which he raped them during a ritual process.

The matter came to light when a 15-year-old girl from the Rabodi area went missing last month. A case of kidnapping under section 363 IPC (punishment for kidnapping) was filed by the police. Following the successful tracing of the minor girl, the Thane crime branch officials uncovered shocking details during her interrogation.

“After the minor was traced we also found that another woman was a victim of such a scam. Acting on gathered information, we arrested Aslam Khan, 54, and Salim Shaikh, 45, on February 25. Subsequent interrogation and scrutiny of Aslam's mobile phone led to the discovery of a self-proclaimed Godman. They revealed a disturbing modus operandi, which involved targeting financially vulnerable girls and women and escorting them to the Godman. The godman promised them a rain of money, which could be achieved only through a ritual which involved the woman sleeping naked, followed by specific ceremonies that culminated in a shower of currency," stated an official.

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