The fortune teller bought the girl drugs for an abortion.
When: December 10th, 2020
Perpetrators: Siva, fortune teller
Victims: Unnamed woman, 23
What: The scandalous story of a fortune teller (หมอดูปัดล่วงเกิน in Thai) named Siva in Kanchanaburi province hit social media on December 10th, 2020. The story is convoluted but reported as follows.
Police put out an arrest warrant to prosecute Siva for the charges of rape against an unnamed 23 year old woman. Siva met with the young woman woman multiple times. First, she sought his help to correct the bad karma of abortion. Siva gave the girl herbs to abort the one month year old baby and later performed a kuman thong (กุมารทอง) ritual to capture the spirit of the aborted fetus in a doll.
Media waited at the police station to see the fortune teller but he did not come to the police station at the appointed time. Instead, he went onto Facebook to argue his case to the public. The fortune teller stated that a lawyer told him not to report to the police and instead state the facts to the public first. https://www.youtube.com/embed/XneG1grOezY
He said he did not rape the victim. But rather the sex was consensual. He said they were in a relationship and he sponsored her with money to abortion. He said they often fought violently, which was normal for them both. He also showed text messages between the two of them that showed how tumultuous their relationship was.
The 200,000 baht was a “ransom for the sin of abortion,” Siva claimed. He had video evidence of them negotiating and perhaps performing the abortion with the drugs. If it went public, the presumption is, it would hurt her reputation. He said he wasn’t going to keep the money for himself, but rather give it back to the young woman after some time.
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My take: Not much from the case adds up. It sounds like both of them have issues and that he abused his role of an advisor with the young woman. No matter what we think about fortune tellers and the like, they are trusted by a significant part of the population, and he seems to have abused that trust. In the same way that a psychologist would if forming a relationship with a client back home.
The 200,000 baht seems to have been an after thought to the whole series of events. It seems like Siva wanted to guilt-trip the girl into giving him the money, to pay off the “sin of her abortion,” and use her own conscience against her.
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