Kashmir : Faith healer held for kidnapping, raping a minor

Srinagar, September 12 : A 50-year-old man who claimed to be a faith healer was arrested by the J&K Police for raping and kidnapping a minor in Srinagar, the police said.

A complaint was lodged on September 6 by a local resident with the Soura police station that Manzoor Ahmed Bhat of Shahama Nagbal, Ganderbal, a fake faith healer, had kidnapped his minor daughter on September 4.

The police immediately registered a case under Section 363 (abduction) of Ranbir Penal Code and started the investigation.”All efforts were employed for the recovery of the 15-year-old girl and the arrest of the kidnapper.

After three days, Bhat was arrested from central Kashmir’s Beerwa area in Budgam district and the girl was traced,” a police officer said.

“Her medical examination was carried out and the report has confirmed rape. We have now added rape charges in the case against Bhat,” the officer said