Imran’s note: Following is a Guyana Times article. I am at a loss to understand how anyone can conceive such a scheme just for lil sex. This pandit has got to be a sick beast.
Pandit charged with rape
-Allegedly seduced victim with scented oil
Rajesh Maharaj, a pandit of BB Eccles, East Bank Demerara stands accused of raping a teenager whom he had allegedly tricked into believing that he could cure her of an ‘ evil spirit’ and then sexually violated her twice.
Maharaj, who is scheduled to make another appearance at the Providence Magistrate’s Court on July 1, is currently on $ 350,000 bail. He made an initial appearance in late April and one on Monday.
Police reports state that the pandit allegedly raped the teenager, who was studying for the CSEC examination at the time, when she and her grand parents visited his office in Eccles on December 8 to make arrangements for a religious ceremony.
It is alleged that Maharaj told the teenager, she was troubled and asked her grandparents to leave the room, so that he could get to the bottom of the matter.
It was then that he reportedly told the girl that someone had placed a ‘ spirit’ on her and if it was not removed she would fail her examinations and become a prostitute.
Out of fear, the teenager agreed to do what he proposed to cleanse her of the evil spirit and he proceeded to rub her with scented oil.
It was then that he allegedly started behaving strangely, invoking ‘ spirits’ and telling the young lady she had to have sex with him before she was cured, the police reports stated.
The teenager later became dazed after the rubbing and when she came to herself, she realised that Maharaj had forced her.
According to the police, the teenager did not tell anyone about the incident immediately, because Maharaj threatened to kill her.
She told investigators that Maharaj gave her the oil to take home and at the insistence of her mother and grandmother, she rubbed on the oil to cure her ‘ spirit’. It was also alleged that the teenager returned to the pandit’s office, after he called her mother to say she should, and the man repeated the sexual acts.
On this occasion, the teen reportedly told another friend and another Hindu priest, who told her that she was not possessed.
The said priest also informed her relatives and eventually the matter was reported to the police.
Maharaj was later arrested and then charged.