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A 45-year-old fake godman was arrested in Hyderabad's Bahadurpura area, after he allegedly sexually assaulted a minor, when she visited him for 'treatment'.

The accused has been identified as Ahmed Khan, a resident of Asad Baba Nagar, who was reported to be a lorry driver.

The victim’s mother told the media that her daughter was suffering from insomnia, and she had taken her to Ahmed two times before this, believing that he could cure her.

However, the 17-year-old visited Ahmed alone on Monday, as her mother had to visit a hospital. It was here that Ahmed is alleged to have sexually assaulted her.

The New Indian Express reported that when the victim reached home and told her mother all about it, following which the latter filed a police complaint.

According to reports, Ahmed had been conducting 'prayer sessions' for the past three months and charged around Rs 400 to Rs 500 for a sitting.

“He lives with his three children and wife at home. He still drives the truck for livelihood sake. But he also earns money by scamming people whenever they come to him for treatment. Many of us neighbours were expecting that one day his true nature would come out,” a local resident told Deccan Chronicle.

A case has been registered under Section 376 of IPC (Rape) and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act against Ahmed.

Target Communities : women, law enforcement

Why it is important: quacks and sexual offenders are a major menace

What is the end objective of the news?: More awareness and vigilance should be there to out such culprits

What needs to be done to meet the objective?: a national and state level hotline for reporting such people

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