Pir rapes mother of two to drive out evil djinns

Published: April 10, 2011
Shah drugged the family, saying he was performing an exorcism.

Shah drugged the family, saying he was performing an exorcism.


A pir was accused of raping a woman after drugging her and her daughters on Saturday.

In Notak Nasheb Sainghar, pir Javed Shah forced broke into Shehzadi Bibi’s house late at on Friday night and told her that her house was haunted by ‘evil’ djinns who were causing her daughters to fall sick.

He said that he had several djinns ‘under his control’ that could turn out the others if she agreed to do what he said. Shah gave Shehzadi and her daughters glasses of water that had been drugged and the family fell unconscious. Shehzadi, her nine-year-old daughter Shazia and seven-year-old daughter Shumaila fainted and when they woke up the next day Shah was gone.

Javed Shah repeatedly raped Shehzadi the entire night. When the family woke up the next day and went to the hospital doctors refused to treat her for fear of the djinns.

“The children came screaming to us for help and told us what happened. We took them to the hospital but people were fearful of attending to her when they heard about what had happened with the djinns,” said a neighbour, Rahat.

Shehzadi eventually received treatment at a clinic and has registered a case against Javed Shah with the police.

Police officials are searching for the accused who fled the district.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 10th, 2011.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:01AM

    This is only one case which has been highlighted otherwise there are in thousands in the country where women fall prey to these Pirs and Faqirs. It is now the duty of the concerned authorities to book this Pir and punish him according to the Islamic Laws. Set an example!!!!!Recommend

  • M
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:18AM

    Disgusting. Recommend

  • Naveed
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:35AM

    As a doctor I find it troubling that there was apprehension from the hospital to treat this
    poor lady. Be that as it may, the incident itself reflects the sheer exploitation of illiteracy and poverty which allows these Pirs to roam without recourse to justice. These people market themselves by instilling fear to maintain control and popularity. Recommend

  • amateen
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:48AM

    ewwwwww….tht is so disgusting!! but I don’t get the JAHALAAT of tht women..why would u allow a man to enter your home when u are all alone and have 2 daughters??like why wud u even bother opening a door at nite?? Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 11:55AM

    its happening in most part ov our cntry……so sad our soceity haz bcm full ov harrasment,murders.rape,sex,corruption and many more ….i thnk its bc ov ds so caled “AZAD MEDIA””dey r showing vulgurity..lust iz in human nature bt whn dey watch out such vulger scenes dn dey try to go 4 it….now we r in such a position frm whre we cnt cum bak..our society haz got ruined …..our ullemaz r buzy in making money through religion….Recommend

  • Shahzad S. Janjua
    Apr 10, 2011 - 12:15PM

    All these so called Islamic Religions parties, instead of doing politics, why don’t they go out and try to stop all these idiot people. Instead of sitting in the parliament and wasting time achieving nothing.Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 12:32PM


    Let the trial be summarily carried out. Let the forensics and DNA specialists give their verdict in 24 or less hours and the execution be carried out with haste, that is to say within the hour. HANG HIM! And dont give a damn about what the commenters in USA and UK SAY. So all potential rapists can be alarmed, cautioned and WARNED.

    Be brave for once GoP and dont give a flying —- in space and HANG HIM HIGH HIGH AND HIGH!!! Salams for the moment.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Apr 10, 2011 - 3:12PM

    I have no words to condemn this enough.Recommend

  • Siraj Khan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 4:44PM

    No he should not be hanged. This shows the mentality (ignorance) of the woman who went to this baba. I believe, since this baba had been able to successfully manipulate a human’s mind, which is possibly the most difficult thing to do. he (baba), therefore shall be put to use, and his talents may be utilized.

    However, this can not be done unless he apologizes, and may be then gets ready for his rape.Recommend

  • muhammad orakzai
    Apr 10, 2011 - 5:05PM

    condemnable as well as thought provoking for all those who make no noise on these incidents and shine their politics on issues that r not as outrageous and violent as this….raise the voice against them to get rid of these evils out of our society…..in this case pir should b lashed to death in public an example should b made out of him…..Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 5:12PM

    Bhakkar is becoming a very notorious place lately. First the cannibalistics and now the pirs , this sect which represents shrines and piri faqeeri needs to be exterminated. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Apr 10, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Another not so holy – holy man. Toss his duff in jail – then fire the doctors who refused to treat the lady (that might remind other doctors what happens when they don’t do their jobs). Pakistan should also take the time to educate their people – throw in a bit of science in between all that religion – might remind the people that this is the 21st century while you at it.Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 6:41PM

    I agreed and against the parents who did not gave education to her daughter and now is she educating her girls or notRecommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 10, 2011 - 6:42PM

    “…doctors refused to treat her for fear of the djinns…” that sums it all up as far as the doctors are concerned.Recommend

  • JKS
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:21PM

    I think you should stop blaming the woman for her jahalat….She has been brought up this way and does not know any better. I agree she should not have opened the door but it is possible she she knew the man or was expecting him …who know…but what he did was despicable and yes, I agree he needs to be hanged…there is no other punishment other than that for rapists.
    The docotrs and hospital staff that did not want to touch her need to be tarred and feathered…their medical license revoked.Recommend

  • Adil
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:52PM

    Pir Javed Shah deserves severe punishment,but one must also read the following lines from the news article:

    “The children came screaming to us for help and told us what happened. We took them to the hospital but people were fearful of attending to her when they heard about what had happened with the djinns,” said a neighbour, Rahat.

    Shouldn’t we have to do something further in order to avoid such incidents in the future? Illiteracy and ignorance are leading the nation to I don’t know where?

    Now the possible excuse by the Pir could be “I was actually possessed by the same Evil Djinns,that’s why the unfortunate incident took place.So it’s not me but them who raped her…punish the Djinns”Recommend

  • Hassan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:49PM

    I though the doctors were on strike ? Sad but true csae of explotation of the mass un educated peoples of Pakistan whose only hope is left in superstition beliefs. Shame on us. like Mohsin said mullahs are busy making money from religion and only tell people what they want to hear. $$$$$ the dreaded dollar syndrome $$$$$Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Incidents like these will continue to happen as long as people are fed religious tales to vehemently fear Black Magic and Jinns through the context of Islam, instead of instilling rational thinking.

    @amateen, Ambreen: For once, condemn the perpetrator instead of blaming the victim.Recommend

  • jabz
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:57PM

    Ok you narrow minded sad excuse for a person. get one concept right.
    Rape is an act of power, an act of BRUTALITY. it has NOTHING to do with LUST or SEX.
    so your foreign media gibberish is bull. get your facts right before you want to go defend a rapist by blaming ” vulger scenes”Recommend

  • Paki
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:06PM

    @amateen: You’re joking right? You are calling the WOMAN the jahil when a man who can force his way in took advantage of her? You realise that he was a ‘pir’ which makes the assumption that he was a prestigious figure in the community and even if she didn’t follow him not listening to him could lead to other problems in the community. I think you are the jahil for not understanding that pakistani women are not given a choice. Do you know how many of these crimes are not reported? The strength it must have taken for her to go to the police is something you will never understand. Its people like you that keep the system where it is.Recommend

  • Uzair Javaid
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:21PM

    Such incidents prevail in india and Pakistan. I have heard about countless such incidents happening across india through indian friends and have witnessed myself back home in Pakistan. This is primarily lack of EDUCATION, belief and poor practise of religion be it Islam or Hinudism because both would preach self guard. When you present yourself to a pervert dependant on him assuming he would cure the jin, would certainly bring out the devil in him. I believe its an editorial or misperceived article by the writer, as he puts it that “Javed Shah repeatedly raped Shehzadi the entire night”, how can you repeatedly rape an unconscious woman!
    So its primarily the (pervert) Pir’s lust for sex that tempted him to break into the house and intimidating them with jinns and all the magic.Recommend

  • DIG.
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:34PM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson:
    Rape crime is un-Islamic, punishment via Islamic way! As majority people of the world don’t understand why Islam? Don’t the West or Christian personalities will object to the rights of the rapist? Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:41PM

    my gosh, how bizarre and beyond unethical. these peer saeins have such a popularity and fan base in the rural areas and its quite unbelievable and people will listen and abide to whatever they are asking/ instructing, DISGUSTING!Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:46AM

    @DIG.: Kindly educate all who have commented on this news how can you define this crime as un-Islamic?????? Secondly what has West to do with a crime committed in Pakistan where Islamic laws can be applied on Muslims???? Rape is a rape no matter where it is committed. What matters is the law of that country. The Pir whose name is Javed Shah obviously can not be either a Christian or Hindu or any other person who are considered as minorities. Finally, the world accepts Human Rights and not Rapists Rights.Recommend

  • Dr.BS
    Apr 11, 2011 - 1:45AM

    You have righty assessed, these matters/incidents should be handled cautiously and NGO should jump in to do their job..Recommend

  • amateen
    Apr 11, 2011 - 3:05AM

    @Paki: I think the news needs clarification! wht is FORCED BROKE INTO the house?? and if he broke into the house, why would she drink sth that a person forcefully entering her house gives him?? n then why would she let her daughters drink it??she could have thrown the glasses away!! but actually this is all abt that woman’s jahalat( which means illiteracy and ignorance) tht she first went to a PIR- a non-mehrem male- and then when he FORCEFULLY(as u say) entered her home, she drank sth ???????? sorry, but if this all makes sense to you,and for you if that woman’s act was very WISE, then what can I say.. I know that we live in a male dominated society where we, as women, have to protect ourselves at each and every spot..especially when you have daughters,you are not only responsible for your own protection but you have to save them from the shade of all these men , because one may never know who is WHat kind of a person!!Recommend

  • Maddog Qadafhi
    Apr 11, 2011 - 4:59AM


    “Rape crime is un-Islamic, punishment via Islamic way!”

    It is virtually impossible to prove, and by accusing the rapist she opens herself to being called an adultress if she cannot prove it.Recommend

  • Goga
    Apr 11, 2011 - 5:11AM

    But what happened to the djinns? Did they flew out?Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 11, 2011 - 7:07AM

    Did you even bother to read the first lines of the news before making the guilty verdict? This evil pir broke into her home, not that she invited him or opened the door for him! Grow up and stop blaming the victim.

    It is so common in Pakistan that people accuse the victim instead of the actual culprit and the illustrate ancient tribal traditions. I have heard these kinds of remarks about rape victims “why was she out, what was she doing out working, our women don’t go out and get raped”.

    Once the pir was in poor woman’s house she had no chance in that society where people like you jump to blame the victim.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • rk singh
    Apr 11, 2011 - 7:14AM

    Amazed to read in the article – “the hospital doctors refused to treat her for fear of the djinns.”

    What kind of education are the doctors are getting in Pakistan?????Recommend

  • Wanderer!
    Apr 11, 2011 - 9:42AM

    There are many other people also plays an important role in the execution of such cases.. if you watch the Television of such areas like Bhakkar you can easily see lots of PAID TVCs for this business…now where are the authorities ?? why this is not banned?? illetrate and innocent people beleive on such things after watching millions of such ads on their TVs (as it becomes the only source of education for them).Recommend

  • Apr 11, 2011 - 9:56AM

    This has become too common with many illiterate women falling in the trap of these evil people. Recommend

  • luis
    Apr 11, 2011 - 9:57AM

    when there is no authority no law, such crimes are common, in usa even to hair cut or to become a cook, require a licence, Recommend

  • Mister X
    Apr 11, 2011 - 10:05AM

    Predictably anti-religious idiots are using this rapists action to bash Islam. Have this “pir” executed in public according to Islamic law. Justice will be done.Recommend

  • SK
    Apr 11, 2011 - 10:24AM

    keep the damn country illiterate and this will keep happening since these so called pirs go rampant only because people lack knowledge of thingsRecommend

  • Apr 11, 2011 - 4:19PM

    The main cause of the downfall of our nation is this DJINN phenomenon….. our people who aren’t so bright with religious knowledge are played by these (so called) clerics and the innocent people fall victim to these peer and faqeers.

    Be illiterate, be ignorant, then don’t complain about such peopleRecommend

  • S ALI M Z
    Apr 11, 2011 - 5:24PM

    Nothing will change if such Shah Jees are not brought to justice, in fact things will get even worse as the basic education is denied to the public, let alone the HEC is now no more… Jiye Jahalat… Jiye Awami Hukumat. Recommend

  • Goga
    Apr 11, 2011 - 8:11PM

    To all those who question the veacity of jinns…shame on you!!
    This is a part of Islam and in the holy Quoran. Arch-angel Gabriel being the main who revelaed it to the Prophet (PBUH). No doubt that this so called “pir” misled poor woman, but that does not mean that becuase of this one-off incident we will question the existence of something which is an important component of islamic tradition.Recommend

  • King Kong
    Apr 11, 2011 - 10:37PM

    I don’t understand why these fake pirs are so obsessed with gin and tonic ;-)Recommend

  • Apr 12, 2011 - 10:25AM

    The people shall continue to become victims of such peers until they throw away the concepts of jinns as well as of peers (fake or actual). This is useless to assume that this pees is real and others are fake. In fact all are fake. No person has some extreme powers to ward off evil things like, illness, jinns, problems etc. If that was true, there were peace in the world. There were no hospitals. People must be made aware to come out of such beliefs. That is the only solution since we are living in the 21st century not in dark agesRecommend

  • absardexter
    Apr 12, 2011 - 3:28PM

    Asisa BB was a blasphemy case, what do u call this???
    What are our responsibilities as a Muslim in a situation like this???
    All we can do is feel pity, but are afraid of taking a step in the right direction.
    I feel pity and ashamed of ourselves.Recommend

  • DIG.
    Apr 12, 2011 - 3:41PM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson:
    but you see the whole World opines that Islam is harsh and barbaric in punishments and you know what the rapists gets? Though Islamic judgement would be fast and accurate and it would definitely set an example for wrong intndrs. Recommend

  • djinn
    Apr 12, 2011 - 5:41PM

    How can you call yourself a thinking human being (much less doctor) if you believe in things like djinns! Its shocking that people who post comments on this article, who have enough literacy to read and a computer and web access, yet still believe in such myths. You are no better then those doctors who refused to treat the rape victim for fear of djinns.Recommend

  • Uzair
    Apr 12, 2011 - 7:06PM

    He force broke.Recommend

  • Muhammad A Jawed
    Apr 12, 2011 - 9:23PM

    only EDUCATION IS THE SOLUTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 12, 2011 - 11:28PM

    @DIG.: Do what Romans do in Rome. It won’t make any difference because we live in Islamic Republic Of Pakistan where even Raymond Davis was released according to the Sharia Law.Recommend

  • Apr 13, 2011 - 12:42AM

    “it is now the duty of the authorities to bring this peer to justice”; and that reminds me of a rape case: a woman while in police station was raped by the policemen. One by one the police man will go in and ask for “statement” and when the woman appeared in court, the judge asked for the “statement” and the woman said that her “statement” is too sore and the judge has to wait a while before she can give him her “statement.”
    It was long time ago and I do not know if things are better these days in the “islamic” republic of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sarwat
    Apr 13, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Peer tricked her and raped her when she was unconscious. Peer should be punished according to Islamic law (shariah) Recommend

  • DIG
    Apr 14, 2011 - 7:16AM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson:
    so you don’t actually care if the accused gets his due share!? My dear if the accused wanted Islam he could have married twice, thrice or fourth one but rape not even one is allowed not in his dreams even! What do we like for ourself? My dear Aftab (Sun) we like darkness but to a wrongdoer we wish to present a right course that too as a punishment? Very few agreed & followed the Prophet(s) of God thats why in God’s Universe we have problems! Recommend

  • mussarat hussain
    Apr 16, 2011 - 9:17PM

    Don’t be insane, use their services to fight “Terrorism” in Pakisani society Sir.


  • Goga (Orangi)
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:56AM

    Can someone tell me where can find a pir sahib near Orangi? I think my wife is possessed as well…she is always talking about MQMRecommend

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