The Thane police early on Wednesday arrested Feng Shui expert Charuhas Naik (60) for allegedly raping a 20-year-old college student on the pretext of treating her using his crystal healing therapy . Naik was produced before a court and remanded in police custody for two days.Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh told TOI, “We are interrogating the accused and will also try to identify other victims exploited by him, if any .“

Police sources said the case was first registered at Mulund police station on October 31 and later transferred to Thane’s Kasarvadavli police station since the alleged crime took place in the latter’s jurisdiction. “The accused raped and molested the girl on October 30, sometime between 4.30pm to 7pm when she had gone to him for therapy ,“ said a police officer.

A source said the girl, a final-year student in a city college, was depressed since her relationship broke up in July this year and had sought pschyolo gical treatment in Bhandup.

Meanwhile, Naik who was afriend of the victim’s father, a finance professional, learned of her depression and suggested he would treat her using his crystal therapy . “The therapy began on October 28 and Naik began treatment using various crystals. The girl’s mother used to accompany her for the therapy sessions. On October 30, when the girl and her mother reached for the session, Naik allegedly deliberately took time to start the therapy . The girl’s mother, a science professional, was in a hur ry to leave for her workplace. Naik asked her mother to leave and said he would drop the girl home after the session,“ said a police source.

Senior inspector Datta Dhole said, “On returning home, the girl narrated the trauma to her parents and said the accused removed her trousers and inserted a crystal into her private parts though she kept protesting and asking him not to do so.She said he insisted that he wanted to reach the centre point of depression through his therapy .

A team comprising inspec tor Nasir Kulkarni, inspector Vaibhav Dhumal and others picked up the accused from his home early on Wednesday morning.“

Kulkarni said, “The victim’s parents took her to a nearby gynaecologist for examination and a case was registered with Mulund police. The girl in her statement to the police said Naik kept penetrating her with a crystal and said if she had sex with him she would be relieved.“ He dropped her home, after which she broke down and confided in her parents.

Naik is believed to have told the police that he only used crystal therapy and did not rape the girl.