Pir prognosis: Using rape as a ‘cure’ for migraines

Published: October 17, 2011
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" He used to send
everyone away saying
the ritual required us
to be alone. He said
the jinn would
possess anyone
who stayed,"
Victim Khatoon.

" He used to send everyone away saying the ritual required us to be alone. He said the jinn would possess anyone who stayed," Victim Khatoon.

FAISALABAD: 

A pir allegedly raped a teenage girl to cure her of repeated migraines.

According to police officials, Khurarianwala resident Allah Wasaya said that his 14-year-old daughter Khatoon was repeatedly raped by a local pir on the pretext of curing her head aches. Khatoon got pregnant and Allah Wasaya has asked police officials to file a case.

“She was suffering from terrible headaches and I took her to several doctors and hakeem’s but no one was able to help her,” Wasaya said. “I heard about this pir who gave very effective taveez and was a powerful magician,” he told police officials.

Wasaya then contacted Mehmood Qasim, who offered taveez for different ailments.

“Qasim told us that she was possessed by a jinn and said that he had a taveez that could help her,” Wasaya told police. “He told us that the jinn was very powerful and it would take several sessions for him to cure her,” he added.

“I recommended Qasim’s services and I still maintain that he is a great man,” said Wasaya’s neighbour Akram. “The girl was probably having an affair and is trying to blame him,” he said.

Wasaya said that during Khatoon’s treatment, Qasim developed illicit relations with his daughter.

“He raped her repeatedly and told her that if she told anyone then he would release the jinn’s in his power on her,” Wasaya said. “My daughter is now pregnant and everyone in the neighbourhood knows of my shame,” he said.

Khatoon told police officials that Qasim had threatened to cast a spell on her if she told anyone what happened. “He used to send everyone away demanding that the ritual required us to be alone.

He said that if anyone else stayed the jinn would possess them as well,” she told police.

Khatoon said that a couple of weeks ago she experienced abdominal pain and went to the doctor. “She told me that I was four months pregnant and now Qasim has run away,” she said. “I want this man arrested because he raped my daughter and now he has ruined her life,” Wasaya said.  Khurarianwala police has registered a case on the complaint of Allah Wasaya under Section 376 of the Pakistan Penal Code and started a search for the arrest of the accused.

“These claims are all false. Qasim has cured hundreds of people of their illnesses and he has many loyal followers. Wasaya and his daughter are ungrateful and rather than thanking him for curing the girl of her disease they are blaming him,” said Qasim’s apprentice Kashif Boota. “The girl probably had an affair and got her self pregnant. Now she is trying to blame an honest man who helps cure dozens of people,” he added.

(Read: Pir processing – Toddler castrated to ‘free him from temptation’)

Name of the victim has been changed to protect her identity

Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Bilal
    Oct 17, 2011 - 10:18AM

    I wonder what makes these Pirs put their reputation at risk for temporary sexual gratification. Its just bad business ….

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  • Still Listening
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:00AM

    Wasn’t that Pir aware of contraceptives? Or avoided them deliberately? In a sex starved and highly conservative society such things can happen.

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  • KHI
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:06AM

    False Pir, he deserve sentence.
    Once our beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that where ever one man & one woman are alone, there must be a third person sheetan.
    So, how can that pir think him to be alone with a girl?

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  • SAC
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:33AM

    I personally think that real culprit is the girl’s father, who left her daughter alone on the mercy of deceptive person (Pir).He should also be arrested & punished as same as the Pir.

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  • tariz mahmood
    Oct 17, 2011 - 12:26PM

    “The girl was probably having an affair and is trying to blame him,” he said.”

    this is the sort of sick mentality that our people use to justify and hide rape.she’s 14,this ‘pir’ is a paedophile who ought to be in jail,not out and about raping children.

    “My daughter is now pregnant and everyone in the neighbourhood knows of my shame,” he said.”

    the shame is not yours,the shame is the pir’s .it’s high time our society stopped shaming the rape victim and letting the rapists off the hook.the girl is the victim,the pir baba is the rapist,all shame and dishonour should be his.

    stop blaming and shaming the victims,all dishonour should be for the rapist.

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  • Sitting Duck
    Oct 17, 2011 - 12:34PM

    What kind of a father would leave his daughter under a trust of a another man ? Is it the first time that fake sadhus and fakirs have looted the modesty of a woman in pretext to cure them? The parents are equally to blame for the plight of the child.

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  • pinky
    Oct 17, 2011 - 12:55PM

    shame on the pir apologists!! someone please do a DNA paternity test on the unborn kid, and then try these ppl (who are accusing the girl of an affair) under the hudood law..the qazaf offence; False accusation of zina.
    i guess fear of pir’s jins is making them lie, coward losers..

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  • zehra
    Oct 17, 2011 - 1:01PM

    sad but true, this is happening quite frequnetly and harldy gets reported,most of the common victims are the poor women who are ‘barren” sent to pirs to cure the illness. really gruesome that people will readily point at the female and try to justify the action of the male if unable to deny!
    this is not just in Pakistan it is prevalent across the subcontinent. hope they catch the so called pir

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  • sashayub
    Oct 17, 2011 - 1:59PM

    @Bilal:
    its simple, they ARE NOT genuine pirs, just use this as a way of getting sexual pleasures….and also are aware of the fact that the illiterate public would never accuse them of wrong-doing

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  • Straight Fire
    Oct 17, 2011 - 2:01PM

    @Bilal:
    So what ? … people do the same in the name of secularism and freedom under the filthy cover of BF/GF relationship.

    This act by nature is evil itself, no matter if its commited by some loverboy or a so called Pir …

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  • Ali
    Oct 17, 2011 - 3:09PM

    May allah give us wisdom to identify evil prevailing around us, please educate people around you about thir curse, a campaign should be continuesly carry on media.

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 3:36PM

    The FIA should investigate this matter and also what should be done to protect the people from such djinns and pirs

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Also I recommend the readers to do a search in youtube on so called “Islamic Exorcism” and djinns. a lot of videos are from such fake pirs and maulanas doing some weird dance and pretending that a djinn has taken over. Its well known that the holy Quran forbids this kind of magic and ritualisation. This should be stopped immediately

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  • Leila Rage
    Oct 17, 2011 - 5:39PM

    @Straight Fire: Actually it is the context of the act. This is the rape of a minor, and there is a difference between this and consensual relations. If this act itself were so so evil, why wouldnt it be a sin? Why is it allowed between married people for reproduction?

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  • Iron hand
    Oct 17, 2011 - 6:07PM

    Oh man, do that many Pakistanis actually believe in all this hocus pocus nonsense? Curses and magic spells?Recommend

  • Bint a hawa
    Oct 17, 2011 - 6:25PM

    its all false the gurl is not that much innocent that she can feel abdomen pain but can not feel that she is pregnant she is truly lying

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  • NJ
    Oct 17, 2011 - 6:29PM

    inhuman!

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  • Ros
    Oct 17, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Well well well…………this man should be ashamed of himself.Recommend

  • Emi
    Oct 17, 2011 - 8:08PM

    not a first case in pakistan……:(

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  • Mazher Arshad
    Oct 17, 2011 - 8:09PM

    Government must take a serious action on this Pseudo Pir and he must be punished according to rape laws of Pakistan. Such people are stigma on name of Pakistan.

    A lesson is here to be learnt for some uneducated people as well. How can a father leave her daughter alone with such a person?

    Secondly, readers must not confuse this incident with “Spiritual Healers”, who are pious people (Awliya) of ALLAH. The Pir in this news story was just a fake peer, and he has nothing do with those who really can cure people through Allah’s kalaam.

    Even some fake doctors are involved in such rape kinda things but this would never mean that we must stop going to doctors and hospitals. Similarly, there are some real Hakeems/Spiritual Healers too but if a fake peer has done this stupid thing blame should never fall on everyone.

    Say No to fake Pirs, who have this an occupation to earn money and fulfill their sexual desires. They must be punished publicly!

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  • RFM
    Oct 17, 2011 - 8:12PM

    shame on those ppl who believes in such (PIRs) actors…
    & the father is responsible equally as the pir in ths case : why he believed in him n took her several tyms to his place….

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  • Raja Islam
    Oct 17, 2011 - 8:31PM

    @Leila Rage:
    Nikah literally means consent. So if there is consent then by definition sex is OK

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  • narayana murthy
    Oct 17, 2011 - 9:36PM

    Ahh! Pakistan!

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 11:17PM

    @Iron hand:

    Oh man, do that many Pakistanis actually believe in all this hocus pocus nonsense? Curses and magic spells?

    Unfortunately, yes. You’ll even find a good number of weird online comments of folks seeking help because they’ve been ‘cursed’ or they suspect someone’s put black magic or the ‘evil eye’ on them!

    You’ll even find some very supposed ‘educated’ Pakistani folks give into superstition with anything in the name of religion, including these Pirs. Including the political leaders of Pakistan, where there’s even one political party in Sindh even based around a Pir.

    Some professional Pirs have expanded overseas. They have advertisements running on Urdu satellite channels for the oversea Pakistani audiences.

    They offer things such as magic potions (steroids, or arsenic) for serious medical illnesses to having their followers change the spelling of their names (English or Urdu) because it’ll bring them future luck (fortune, success, visa immigration, marriage, kids, etc). All for the right money, of course.

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 11:23PM

    This raping pervert should be caught and punished immediately, as well as exposing the other fraudsters out there, to protect the many gullible citizens from harm.

    But the best form of defense is education, and not memorizing type education for the sake of a job, but serious introspective critical thinking education, that arms you with the ability to put aside superstitious blackmail and emotion and rationally question the status quo and situation.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:37PM

    Pakistan is full of Peers.

    Any one who wants to be called as “Peer” in Pakistan should take permission from the respective Provincial Government whether he can call himself as Peer or not.

    This is not the first case which has been highlighted in media. There are uncounted similar cases which goes unreported, as the females whose pregnancy did not exits, do not report such cases to male members of their families.

    Why the Mureeds do goes out to meet the Peers? If proper doctors are not available in the villages, the Mureeds should go to a city to seek the help of professional doctors for medical checkup.

    But if the female Mureeds goes out to meet such Peers, they will meet the same fate as of this girl report in the press.

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  • Grace
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:38PM

    @narayana murthy: Tell me what goes on in Indian temples. Let’s face it, sexual abuse goes on everywhere in the world and deserves to be stopped but your childish insinuation that it only goes on in Muslim nations is unfair. Yes many Arab natins have problems with the sexual exploitation of children but don’t forget that kids are exploited sexually in many other places too.

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  • csmann
    Oct 18, 2011 - 12:40AM

    @Bint a hawa:

    shame to have this come from a woman.Rather than supporting the victim,you are blaming the girl.
    if pir is innocent , why did he run away. a simple genetic-DNA- testing would have cleared him if he was innocnet

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  • csmann
    Oct 18, 2011 - 12:47AM

    according to medical malpractice law,a doctor is still guilty of rape,even if with the patient’s consent.The issue is the trust that society places on him ;so it should be the pir;saying that the girl consented to it would not do;another point -the girl is still a minor

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  • rhea
    Oct 18, 2011 - 12:50AM

    @Bint a hawa: 4 god’s sake she z only 14!!!!! here in pakistan sexual education is so rare and women are so protected that they dont know the nature of sexual relationship untill they are married and dont know a thing about pregnancy untill they are told by the doctor. departing sexual education is simply unthinkable for many parents and that’s y many innocnet girls fall victim to such people simply bcoz they dont know what’s happening with them n they dont know how to protect themselves. they attitudes mentioned in this item are just typical; blaming the victim, ‘shame’ of the victim etc. n i bet nothing would come out of this, the pir will never be arrested or punished n it’s only the girl who will have a hard time of it. the time will come when her family will blame her.

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  • rhea
    Oct 18, 2011 - 12:55AM

    @Mazher Arshad: and pray tell us how do we differentiate between the ‘REAL’ and the ‘FAKE’ ones?????

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  • Doctor
    Oct 18, 2011 - 1:29AM

    More examples of how these “peaceful” religious fanatics are ruining Pakistan. Anyone have the guts to wake up and shut them down?

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  • Oct 18, 2011 - 1:54AM

    If only the parents would learn of these tricks…….. baaah !

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  • Salman
    Oct 18, 2011 - 3:25AM

    Another example of illiterate society.

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  • arliss
    Oct 18, 2011 - 4:55AM

    stupid muslims believing in magic.

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  • Babar F.
    Oct 18, 2011 - 7:27AM

    All “Pirs” self “proclaimed” or “honored” by another Pir should be “documented” with the “local” or “City” government, registered and licensed. Only then they can do business. Any activity is a “business” when you have an intention or an expectation to get paid whenever your service, or product provided. Once registered it’s not easy to abuse the license. To make such law the question is “law” & “corruption”. Anyone who is involved in corruption at any level should consider him a “partner & promoter” in all activities resulting in rape, murder, robbery, medical & pharmaceutical fraud, tax evasion, smuggling, consumer commodity fraud and all other thefts like water, power, money, resources, land, copy rights etc. This rape is just a “red-flag” swore on the face of our society the real disease is “corruption”. People should be educated about the reality of such activities.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 18, 2011 - 7:52AM

    @tariz mahmood:
    I like your comments a lot. The Pir is a child molester and exploits the illiterate and simple people. Being naïve is not a crime and the girl’s family was naïve, the Pir however is a beast and has been doing these things all his life and getting away with.
    In Pakistan fanatics like Qadri would not hesitate to kill an innocent person but these Pir live happily thereafter and keep preying upon the innocent kids. I have never heard that such people have been lynched by the outraged people. In fact most people favor them, what a shame. In no other country can an old man get away with this terrible act.
    Thanks and regards,
    Mirza

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  • yasir
    Oct 18, 2011 - 8:36AM

    There should be DNA test to know the truth and BTW now-a-days number of pakis are having immoral sexual relationship due to the misuse of mobile mostly so dont blame the peer only we all are responsable if we have BF/GF relationship.. so there needs to be awareness in society and islamic laws should be implemented otherwise we are gonna be sex pills like americans and others.

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  • zehra
    Oct 18, 2011 - 10:58AM

    @binte hawa are you really a female? how can you say such a disgusting thing? she is a kid forgodsake !
    This will only stop if all of us actualyy educate ourselves , i dont mean in english, rather broaden our minds and try to decipher the real ISLAM rather than relying on the so callled pirs and molvis

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  • Raj
    Oct 18, 2011 - 11:56AM

    A few commentators here are equating a BF/GF relation with this episode !!!!

    Ignorance is no more a bliss. Recommend

  • Sajjad Hussain
    Oct 18, 2011 - 1:28PM

    Hang the beast,

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  • narayana murthy
    Oct 18, 2011 - 10:42PM

    @Grace who says “Tell me what goes on in Indian temples. Let’s face it, sexual abuse goes on everywhere in the world and deserves to be stopped but your childish insinuation that it only goes on in Muslim nations is unfair. Yes many Arab natins have problems with the sexual exploitation of children but don’t forget that kids are exploited sexually in many other places too.”

    OH MY GOD!!! I said Pakistan. When did Pakistan become “the Muslim world”?

    here’s the thing…180 mil Pakistan has more sexual abuse of women and children than 1.2 billion strong India.

    Honestly, I don’t know much about the Arab world.

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  • Amused
    Oct 18, 2011 - 11:50PM

    We all know how difficult peer pressure can be…..

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