FIR filed against SoBo student for ‘black magic’
Mumbai: Gamdevi police filed an FIR against a student of a South Mumbai college under the Black Magic Act after the parents of a female classmate from Grant Road accused him of trying to convert her.
Ezekiel Baskar (19), a bornagain Christian from Vasai, has been called to give his statement on July 30. The youth, who claims to be the youngest pastor in Maharashtra, said, “The girl has been tortured by her parents. We are also being threatened by members of a political party.” The girl said, “The FIR against Ezekiel is false. I am not being converted. I began following Jesus of my own free will during prayer meetings in school. Mother Teresa is my idol.”
Police said they are yet to find a conversion link. “The allegation is that the girl was told to perform some rituals by the accused, which she had written in her diary. She was mentally disturbed,” said a senior officer. Ezekiel has been booked under sections 417 (cheating), 419 (cheating by personation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC that carry a maximum jail term of three years. Police have also invoked sections of the Black Magic Act, 2013.
Activist Cyril Dara said, “The girl follows the teachings of Jesus Christ of her own volition. This is not a case of conversion.”
The Times of India (Mumbai edition)27 Jul 2018
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