Epilepsy patient killed during ‘exorcism’

Published: November 21, 2010

Family decides against pursuing murder case

FAISALABAD: An epileptic died in Ghulam Muhammadabad area after allegedly being tortured by a witch doctor who had been called by the family to exorcise him.

The family, who live at Civil Quarters house no980, applied to the Ghulam Mohammadabad police for the registration of a murder case but on Friday withdrew the application.

Rana Asghar, the station house officer of the Ghulam Muhammadabad police station, said that Amir Qadri, brother of the deceased, withdrew his application saying that they wanted to consult a lawyer before moving ahead with the case.

Amir told The Express Tribune that he had to withdraw the application on family pressure.

Amir said that his uncle, Akbar, had brought Ghulam Mustafa, the witch doctor, a day before Eid after Asif had suffered from several attacks of epilepsy.

“My mother was concerned that if we pursue a murder case my uncle would get involved,” Amir said, adding that his uncle only wanted to help Asif and brought the pir so that his suffering could be reduced. Asif said he was not at home when the pir tried to exorcise his brother.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Akbar Qadri, the uncle of the deceased, said that Asif’s condition suddenly deteriorated on Tuesday, a day before Eid, and he had seizures. “My sister told me to bring someone to heal him,” he said, adding that he had known Baba Ghulam Mustaba, a resident of Chak no7 JB, for sometime so he brought him to examine his nephew.

Asif’s wife, Fouzia, said that the pir took her husband to a room at around 2:00am and tortured him with iron rods. She said that Asif lost consciousness when the pir started pulling out his nails. She said she shouted and tried to stop the pir but no one listened to her. Fouzia added that on seeing Asif faint and bleed, the pir told his uncle to take him to a hospital but he died on way. She said that the pir and his uncle buried the body after zuhr prayers in the absence of his brother.

Amir, Asif’s brother, said that he was told that the body was in a terrible condition and could not be kept for a longer period of time. “When I got to know about torture, I asked my uncle but he could not come up with a clear cut reply,” he said.

Javed Sagar Baba, Asif’s friend who gave bath to his body, said that torture marks were visible on the body, adding that he had bled through his nose and there were blood spots around that area. Baba said that when he asked the family about the cause of death he was told that Asif died after falling from the roof.

Ghulam Mustafa has gone into hiding after the incident.

Asif and Fouzia had been married for 11 years. They have two children – 10-year-old Mudassar and a girl.

When The Express Tribune tried to contact Fouzia on Saturday, the family refused to permit her to talk, saying that they had decided against pursuing a police case and did not want to talk to the media.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2010.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Nov 21, 2010 - 11:11PM

    how many epileptics in the past have been burned at the stake?crucified?scarey but i fink lotsRecommend

  • Smith
    Nov 22, 2010 - 12:37AM

    Epilepsy is NOT being possessed! It’s a physical problem with the brain that the epileptic had NOTHING to do with! And there is NO evil possession involved!Recommend

  • Anwar Hasan
    Nov 22, 2010 - 4:27AM

    Education, education, education. No hope without education !!!!!!Recommend

  • Nov 22, 2010 - 4:28PM

    The problem here is trying to fight evil with dark magic. Evil is not going to cast evil out. The spiritual warfare is good against evil. You need the power of God not a witch doctor.

    Demon possession is a never ending topic of discussion that extends beyond faith, denomination, and creed. Even with Jesus performing exorcisms in the Bible, the debate rages on as to whether demon possession continues in our modern day society.

    The interest was heightened even more when the late Pope John Paul II confirmed that he had been involved in three exorcisms. Before he died, he was trying to get the official office of exorcists restored to the priesthood.

    While doing research for my best-selling book, Exorcism At Midnight, I came across many instances where victims were dying while being put through some brutal beating and rituals aimed at the demon inside. You can read some of the articles here (http://www.groganbooks.com/attemptBlogEX.html)

    You also access the sounds of the famous 1976 Exorcism of Anneliese Michel in Germany.
    (http://www.groganbooks.com/annelieseBlogEX.html)

    You can refuse to believe it if you’re just determined to stay in the dark. But demon possession is real.

    Leander Jackie Grogan
    Exorcism At MidnightRecommend

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Nov 23, 2010 - 1:31PM

    Aalaa!!Recommend

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