Jitesh Ghoshe, a resident of Nirmal village in Vasai, was under severe mental depression after his father’s demise a few months back, the police said. Ghoshe approached a woman of her village, identified as Darshana Jadhav (35), who claimed to possess magical powers that would help him to meet his dead father. Jadhav allegedly served Ghoshe milk laced with sedatives and went on to singe and scald his body by placing cotton-balls dipped in hot oil.
Under the pretext of exorcising a ghost from his body, Jadhav even pierced Ghoshe’s neck. Although Ghoshe’s family members knew about the torture, fearing the wrath of Jadhav’s exorcising powers, they did not try to rescue him from the clutches of the woman. However, following the intervention of a local social worker, Ghoshe was rescued and a police complaint was registered against Jadhav who was arrested from Saphale village on Tuesday.
She has been booked under Section 323 of the IPC and under the relevant sections of the newly introduced Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Law, said an investigating officer.