Superstition: Woman buries herself for seven days

Published: April 7, 2011
Screen capture of the grave.

Screen capture of the grave.

Screen capture of the grave. Screen capture of the grave.

An incident highlighting the spread of superstition in society came to light when a fifty-year-old woman, Shehnaz, was recovered safe and sound from a grave.

Shehnaz had dug a grave in the courtyard of her house and enclosed herself in it for the purpose of completing a “chilla”.

When her neighbours noticed her missing for seven days, they began inquiring. The incident was brought to light when they discovered Shehnaz was inside the grave. Shocked at the occurrence, the neighbours promptly contacted the police and filed a complaint on Wednesday.

Upon reaching the site, police officials dug up the grave and recovered Shehnaz along with some papers and a cigarette lighter as the villagers gathered to view the spectacle. Shehnaz was found reciting religious verses.

The mother of seven protested that her “chilla” was incomplete and that the way authorities had disrupted her ritual and destroyed the grave was illegal. Shehnaz further explained that the “chilla” had been advised by “elders” and refused to move from the spot until her “elders” permitted it. Later Shehnaz fled the spot and went to a nearby shrine.

The police have arrested one of Shehnaz’s relatives, Ghulam Nabi, and initiated investigations.

Shehnaz later returned to the grave two hours after the police officials had departed, despite repeated warnings to refrain from any such activity.

She said she would come out of the grave after another seven days. She also warned the residents that anyone who disturbs her “chilla” would be responsible for the consequences.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Ducky
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Haha. No end to blind faith.Recommend

  • naeem khan
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:34PM

    An unpleasant surprise.Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 7, 2011 - 12:08AM

    Idiot! This seems to be a case of Schizophrenia, not blind faith. Recommend

  • faraz
    Apr 7, 2011 - 1:00AM

    Muredke, i hope she doesnt get killed by the pride of MuredkeRecommend

  • MS
    Apr 7, 2011 - 1:58AM

    Ok! As long she is putting herself in grave and not others…Recommend

  • Aamir
    Apr 7, 2011 - 6:46AM


    Faith cannot be blind. it’s the illiteracy who makes us blind. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:31AM

    Just make sure those dead human eating people do not get hold of her. She can make a fresh dinner for them for a pleasant change!Recommend

  • Apr 7, 2011 - 10:30AM

    a stupid jobRecommend

  • srq
    Apr 7, 2011 - 12:41PM

    waht was she thinking!!Recommend

  • P.A. Bhutto
    Apr 7, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Does she have sufi superpowers now ?Recommend

  • John
    Apr 7, 2011 - 1:12PM

    Her faith is no different than mine or yours or others.

    It is same as she going into a forest to mediate, or going on a cave to get a revelation.

    Instead of going into a secluded room, she dug a pit , took a few cigarettes( or something else?), a lighter, covered the pit and stayed there for a week, in her own backyard.

    Oh, forgot , she is a Sufi, so either bomb or humiliate her faith. Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 7, 2011 - 3:45PM

    Shehnaz Zindabad :DRecommend

  • Yggr
    Apr 7, 2011 - 4:52PM

    Chilla khapay :)Recommend

  • hussain syed
    Apr 8, 2011 - 12:58AM


  • Utopia
    Apr 8, 2011 - 8:57AM

    @John: These chillas and such similar acts have evil or sinister intentions behind them. So do not intermix meditation or praying in seclusion with it; as it is the intention which actually differentiates from the evil. Chillas, black magic and other superstitions takes one away from God. Recommend

  • Alias
    Apr 8, 2011 - 9:29AM

    Why the hell did the police arrest her relative? Haha. She’s the one running to the grave!!Recommend

  • MAD
    Apr 9, 2011 - 2:07AM

    seven days? please dont forget to go back, offer her namaz e janazah and put her back in permanently after a week.Recommend

  • Fakhra
    Apr 18, 2011 - 4:11AM

    Totally stumped I Am no seriously I am !!!Recommend

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