10-year-old maid beaten up to ‘free her of djinns’

Published: November 3, 2010

Employer, a lawyer, has gone into hiding

MULTAN: 

A 10-year-old girl, who worked as a maid at a lawyer’s house, sought refuge at a neighbour’s house on Tuesday night after being beaten for days by a witch doctor to free her from djinns’ possession.

According to the child, Sara, her employee believed that she was possessed.

The lawyer has gone into hiding, along with his family, according to the police after Sara’s escape.

A medical examination conducted at the Nister Hospital proved that Sara, the maid, had been subjected to severe torture for many days.

Dr Tasleem Kausar, who examined the child, told The Express Tribune that Sara had torture marks on her back and around her eyes.

Sara, a Faisalabad resident, said that she had been working as a maid at Advocate Mujahid’s house in Mohalla Qadeerabad of Multan for three years. She said Mujahid used to take her and his wife to a witch doctor. She said that the witch doctor used to torture her with hot iron and rods.

“My employer believed that his wife was possessed. Later, he started insisting that I had also been possessed,” Sara said. Referring to her visits to the witch doctor she continued, “I was asked to close my eyes and tell them what I saw.” She said that if she did not respond to the witch doctor’s questions, Mujahid would beat her up with iron rods.

She said that she was not allowed to leave the house but on Tuesday night she found a chance and escaped. She sought refuge at a neighbour’s house.

Usman Chisti, the neighbour who gave Sara shelter, said that he and his wife were about to go to bed when they heard a knock at the door. “I opened the door and recognised her,” Chisti’s wife said, “she burst into tears and asked me to protect her from her employer.” She said that she brought the child in and called the Chehlek police station.

The police have registered a case against Mujahid under Sections 354 (to keep someone in illegal custody), 337-A1, A2, L2 and V5 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Rana Zaheer Babar, the station house officer (SHO), said that he intended to add the Section 324 (attempted murder) to the FIR.

He said that the police were conducting raids for the arrest of the accused, adding, that he hoped Mujahid would be traced in another couple of days. The child is under treatment at the Nishter Hospital. Dr Waseem, a medical officer, said that a team of doctors was monitoring Sara’s condition. He said that an eye specialist would soon be called to examine the swelling around her eyes.

The name of the child has been changed

Published in The Express Tribune, November 4th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • SA
    Nov 3, 2010 - 11:07AM

    What happened to the other one who did the same months ago? Was he sentenced or escaped?Recommend

  • Moise
    Nov 3, 2010 - 11:12AM

    No matter what level of muslim he is, comment mob is going to blame Islam even thought he is a lawyer, nobody will blame the school he went to, friends he has, his occupation but Islam. Islambashers please continue on with “Blame mullah” (term invented by Brits double crossers), “Blame Deoband”, “Ahmedi Victims”, “Blame local Imam”.Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Nov 3, 2010 - 11:47AM

    Lawyers have become real devils these days. They are into all sort of hoodlumism. Whether it’s a violence in courts, beating police officers, ransacking courts, fighting journalists or mistreating maids they are involved in all type of wakilgardi.
    When the same lawyers become judges, then you cannot discuss them as there is a sword of contempt of court hanging on your head.Recommend

  • Faria S
    Nov 3, 2010 - 1:09PM

    Why do we care that he is a lawyer? This is a crazy person and he needs to be tried not his profession.
    Quaid-e-Azam was a lawyer too.
    Why aren’t we saying why isn’t there a crackdown on witchdoctors? Why not say where were the neighbours when a 10 year girl was probably screaming while she was being beaten?
    No, let’s all kick the lawyer. The black coat wearing, protest leading, noise making, ugly lawyer.
    They are all the same. Recommend

  • SA
    Nov 3, 2010 - 2:09PM

    @ Asmat Jamal, add stoning to death too, to the list of honorable lawyers’ antics!Recommend

  • Mohammed Arif
    Nov 3, 2010 - 2:09PM

    Lawyers are exampted from any crime as they struggled to bring the saked judiciary back. Chief Justice will order the enquiry where was the Police?????Recommend

  • Amer
    Nov 3, 2010 - 2:13PM

    This is what’s called “parhay likay jahil” in our society. I totally agree with Moise here, all tribune commenters will start blaming Islam for this act of brutality without even knowing what Islam has taught us about the rights of our fellow human beings. Especially about the rights of women and children. People start blaming Islam for the act of a single barbarian since they have their own prejudice, bigotry and agendas. Why do you want Mullahs to stand up for all brutality or for all that’s wrong in the society? Forget them if you hate them so much. Why can’t you get out of your own cocoon and do something?
    The main problem is that Justice system in our society. If this lawyer is caught and this little girl is provided with speedy justice then these kind of acts can be stopped in the society. I had no hopes for the Chief Justice, even when people were doing long marches for him and I don’t support the current justice system in Pakistan even now. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally against the Taliban style justice etc. But we need to have a transparent Law System in this country and it cannot be achieved with the mentality of the current people in the law system, i.e. the police, lawyers and judges.
    People change systems in a society, sometimes no change comes unless THE PEOPLE ARE CHANGED.Recommend

  • Nov 3, 2010 - 3:48PM

    Hang him by the Nuts ! Recommend

  • Omer
    Nov 3, 2010 - 4:31PM

    This is not an isolated incident, the way maids are treated is horrible. Recommend

  • Saeed
    Nov 3, 2010 - 4:43PM

    I hope justice is done in this case, and he doesn’t get away just because he is a lawyer.Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Nov 3, 2010 - 5:30PM

    This is just to damage lawyer’s reputation.. Yeh Lawyers to badnaam karnay ki saazish hai…

    You will see, the lawyer will ditch the Law as they always do. Recommend

  • Nov 3, 2010 - 6:16PM

    OMG….being a Lawyer, he believes in witch doctors? pooh………he should burn his degree (if its not fake)///////////Recommend

  • murassa sanaullah
    Nov 3, 2010 - 11:20PM

    it does not matter from which profession that man was .this is a fine example of ghadey ki kamar par kitabien lad di.a very good example that our society needs change, [apositive one]Recommend

  • Mubarik
    Nov 4, 2010 - 2:53AM

    My heart goes out to this little angel who was forced by circumstances to work as maid at this tender age. May God Almighty give us Pakistanis more humanity than religion. The lawyer in question should be sent to mental hospital and if deemed fit then should face the law and get appropriate punishment.Recommend

  • faraz
    Nov 4, 2010 - 8:42AM

    Thats the punishment for her povertyRecommend

  • SA
    Nov 4, 2010 - 9:51AM

    Poverty? No this man is mentally sick. Remember he was getting his wife treated the same way as the little girl. They need to punish the witch doctor too and the man who believed in the crap!Recommend

  • Moin Khan
    Nov 4, 2010 - 2:25PM

    I think Pakistan needs to change its laws, which are discriminatory, and a criminal under the guise of Islam can get away with the most heinous crime committed on Humanity eg. Blasphemy Laws!!Recommend

  • Angelos
    Nov 4, 2010 - 9:26PM

    Illiteracy is given a new dimension. Recommend

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