What difference can an earthen bowl with certain inscriptions, a few nails, an egg and handful of grains make? If you have any doubts just visit any faith healer in Old City. The bowl, according to them, would bring fortune and ward off evil eye on your family.

This is a new trend being adopted by many fake babas operating in the city. Despite frequent drives by police to check their activities, they continue to cheat the public by promising to solve their problems using some ‘dubious tactics’.

In the latest trend, the fake babas are now selling an earthen bowl for anywhere between Rs. 1,100 and Rs. 21,000. They sell it claiming that disposing of the bowl at some place on a specific day would help in getting rid of the particular problem, it is said.

A chunk of the clients are women who throng the so-called faith healing dens to get their issues resolved. But most of them end up getting cheated, it is said.

Free run

Apparently afraid of getting exposed, most of the victims do not come forward to lodge complaints with the police.

And as a result the phony babas enjoy a free run.

They are spread across the city and a good number of them are still operating from various areas of the old city. They go into hiding at the time of crackdown and after the heat is over, start their activities again.

A few fake babas from various other States have also put up their camps in the city and operate from hotels or apartments and woo the public by placing advertisements in newspapers and local TV channels.

Police officials say that they are keeping a watch on the activities and would soon begin a crackdown.

Despite frequent drives by police to check their activities, they continue to cheat the public by promising to solve their problems