A shocking case of sexual abuse and attempted forced conversion of a married Hindu woman and child abuse of her son has come to the fore in the Nashik district of Maharashtra. It has been reported that a ‘Father’ (a title Christian priests/pastors ascribe to themselves) of a Church took advantage of the helplessness of a Hindu family in Sinnar town. He was part of a missionary gang that physically and mentally tortured the family and sexually assaulted the married woman up in their house for almost a month.
On the complaint of the said Hindu woman, a case has been registered against five people, including the Church pastor, at the Sinnar police station, reports news outlet Rashtra Jyoti. The police have arrested four accused including the accused Church pastor.
The victim woman is a resident of Raitewadi in Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar district. A couple of years ago both husband and wife had come to Sinnar in Nashik district in search of employment and started living in a rented house in Dawat Mala Complex of Malegaon MIDC. Both of them work as daily wage laborers in Malegaon MIDC.
On November 30, 2022, the victim’s husband went to work as a daily wage laborer and the victim left the house to find work. In the afternoon, when she was waiting for a rickshaw in Vavi Ves area of Sinnar, she met the two accused women, Prerna and Butti. These women asked her to come with them on the pretext of giving her work. After which both took the victim to their house located in Joshiwadi area near Gondeshwar temple.
There she met with another accused Bhausaheb alias Bhaudaya Dodke. He asked her about her health and financial issues and suggested, “Your health is not good and your family is in poverty. If you worship Jesus, your poverty will go away and you will feel better.”
On the same day in the evening, the accused called Christian priest Rahul Aarne of the local church. Aarne whispered a few words and made the woman drink red colored water telling her it is the ‘blood of Jesus’ and also showed some books with pictures of Jesus.
After some time the woman started feeling dizzy and fell asleep at the house. After some time, the accused Bhaudaya Dodke went to the victim’s bed and intimidated her, and raped her while threatening her with dire consequences if she tells anyone.
Later, Prerna and Butti imprisoned the victim in that house itself. On December 2, 2022, Prerna forcefully took out her mangalsutra and bangles and tied a black thread in the name of Jesus around her neck. The same day, after having dinner, the woman went to the next room and slept. After some time, accused Bhausaheb, pastor Rahul Aarne, and a 40-year-old man wearing a silver chain reached there.
All three proceeded to gangrape the victim. She tried to tell Prerna and Butti about this, but they also beat her up and threatened her that if she tells anything to anyone, she will be killed and buried. After threatening, the victim continued to be exploited by the accused for a month.
One day Prerna and Butti called a businessman home and made the victim stand in front of him. They were planning to sell victim woman to this businessman. Realizing that she was being sold for prostitution, the victim started shouting loudly causing the businessman to leave hastily.
On December 17, 2022, the woman’s husband along with their small son reached the Joshiwadi area, and asked around showing her photo. He spotted his wife at the house, but when he went there, the accused threatened and drove him way. But they managed to snatch the small boy from him. Later, they forced the boy to beg daily for them, and would beat him if he refused.
On December 29, 2022, somehow the woman’s husband again reached the house with one of his friends and rescued his wife. Accused Bhaudaya Dodke, Prerna, and Butti threatened them to leave Sinnar.
Fearing the consequences, the family went to their village in Ahmednagar. There the victim told her husband about the torture she had been subjected to for a month. Both husband and wife courageously reached Sinnar police station on 4 February 2023 night and narrated their ordeal to police inspector Santosh Mutkule.
After this, the police registered an FIR against all the accused under Sections 323, 328, 344, 376D, 504, 506, 34, and 76 (1) (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and took immediate action and arrested the four accused. After appearing in court, all the accused were sent to police custody for 3 days.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Maharashtra Mahila Morcha chief Chitra Wagh held a press conference in Nashik after meeting the victim.
Under the guidance of District Superintendent of Police Shahaji Umap, and Additional Superintendent Madhuri Kangne, the investigation of this crime has been handed over to the Sub Divisional Police Officer of Niphad, Arjunrao Bhosale.
This horrific case from February 2023 has hardly been picked up by any mainstream media outlet. But the same media goes up in arms whenever any allegation that bolsters the ‘minorities under threat’ propaganda narrative comes up. The Supreme Court is currently spending crucial judicial time listening to a fabricated petition filed by some Bishop about ‘Christian persecution’, but it has no time to prioritize the very real atrocities being heaped on Hindus across the country. The Hinduphobia and sheer hatred towards ordinary Hindus of a large section of this country’s elites is shocking, to say the least.