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Israeli 'Guru', Who Kept Harem Of 17 And Fathered 37, Held

PTI January 15, 2010 12:01 IST

Police have arrested an Israeli man who maintained a harem and fathered dozens of children with the women he kept. The man is held on suspicion of enslavement, rape and incest.

Police accuse Goel Ratzon of keeping 17 women in a state of near-total obedience in apartments in the Tel Aviv area. 

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says they bore him 37 children, some of whom are also his grandchildren. Police say Ratzon controlled the women's money and abused them if they challenged his control. 

So far, no charges have been raised against Ratzon. Rosenfeld said Thursday authorities are looking into whether other women and children can be linked to the case. AP