Call it superstition, desperation or faith in powers of “godmen” or healers, the fact the claims made by them are bogus and unfulfilling proved right on Sunday when the city police arrested a tantrik who claimed to cure anyone of illness.
It is not an isolated incident rather people’s beliefs are being exploited by men who dupe them to earn quick bucks. In absence of any concrete law, the police also want a piece of legislation against superstition on the lines of one demanded in Maharashtra.
From time to time, cases of duping by imposters posing as self-styled spiritual leaders or tantriks are brought before the police. “It is true such cases do come up and the police take necessary action, but there has been no law to take strict action against such culprits.
Thus, they easily target people,” said a senior police official. He added, “It is estimated cases that come to the fore are only 10 % to 15% of the total number of incidents.”
The tantriks claim to settle anything and all the problems a person might be facing. Be it financial problem, occupational or a personal problem, they claim to have a solution to all the problems.
“There is no concrete law to stop a person from conducting such activities. The law that exists can just stop them from selling medicines which claim to have magical powers. We have to book a person for duping in such cases. But, that does not stop the superstitious beliefs of people, making it easy for such miscreants,” said the official.