Bangalore man rapes woman, cons her of Rs 20 lakh on pretext of curing her son's epilepsy

A conman was arrested for allegedly cheating and raping a homemaker on the pretext that he is an astrologer and healer who can cure her son of epilepsy

IANS May 22, 2017 22:10:38 IST
Bangalore man rapes woman, cons her of Rs 20 lakh on pretext of curing her son's epilepsy

Bengaluru: A conman was arrested for allegedly cheating and raping a homemaker in the city's western suburb, the city police said on Monday.

Bangalore man rapes woman cons her of Rs 20 lakh on pretext of curing her sons epilepsy

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"Accused Prasanna Kumar, 31, was arrested on Saturday on a complaint from the victim on 15 May that he raped her at least seven times over the last six months and took Rs 20 lakh from her promising to cure her younger son suffering from epilepsy," Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bangalore, MN Anucheth told reporters.

A local court on Monday sent Kumar to a five-day police custody till 26 May for interrogation on the case, registered against him under Sections of 376 (rape), 420 (cheating), 384 (extortion), 504 (breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (insulting a woman's modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Kumar approached the 35-year-old single woman in November 2016 and asked her to donate for a physically-challenged association and befriended her subsequently.

"I gave him Rs 200 and wrote my name and my mobile number in the receipt book he had with him. He called me on the mobile and offered to solve my personal problems, including treating my 4-year-old son's illness," recalled the victim in her complaint.

On the pretext of curing her son and claiming to be an astrologer-cum-healer, the man had been visiting her house regularly over the last six months.

"On one occasion, he asked me to take off my clothes and took pictures of my naked body on his mobile phone. He threatened to upload my nude pictures on the social media and blackmailed me to have sex with him forcibly. He also asked me to smoke a cigarette saying he would see forms of goddesses in fumes," she cited in her complaint.

The victim borrowed huge amounts from her relatives and friends, saying she needed the money for her son's treatment in a private hospital in the city.

"Kumar also took about 300 grams of gold jewellery to conduct some rituals to free her from the bad times she was going through," said Anucheth, citing from the complaint.

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