A self proclaimed ‘tantrik’ cum owner of marriage bureau was arrested on Sunday by Kasturba Marg Police in Borivli for allegedly raping his female staff. Police has seized condoms, Viagra pills, bra and girl’s nude photographs.
The arrested accused identified as Mahesh Jani. He is a resident of 202, O-1 wing, Gokul garden, Thakur complex, Kandivali (east).
45-year-old Jani runs marriage bureau by the name “Sasariyu Lagna Kendra” and is a self proclaimed tantrik, having office at Shop-2, Snehal apartment, Carter road No-5, Borivali (East).
The victim Hetal (name changed to protect identity) is a resident of Dahisar. In 2006 Hetal joined Sasariyu Lagna Kendra as a telephone operator with Rs 3,500 salary. In 2007 Jani called Hetal in his cabin. He inquired about her family back ground.
“Jani ne Hetal ko bataya ki uske upar Bhoot- Pret ka saaya hai. Isliye uski shaadi nahin ho rahi hai. Bhoot –Pret ko nikalne ke liye pooja-paath karna padega,” said a police officer from Investigation team.
On pretext of performing pooja Jani started raping her. In July 2013 Hetal got married but Jani continued the rape. When Hetal opposed Jani started to blackmail her stating he will give picture and video to her husband which he had recorded. Fedup with this, Hetal left the job in February 2015 but Jani continued to threaten her and forced to perform sex.
On July 12, Hetal approached Kasturaba Marg police station and registered FIR against Jani under section 376 (rape) and 328 (Causing hurt by means of poison). Police arrested him. On Sunday police searched Jani’s office and recovered condoms, bra, girl’s nude photographs and other materials.