Necrophilia: Man arrested from graveyard with bone-chilling story

Published: October 30, 2011
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Riaz said that he had heard a new grave had been dug and a woman had been buried. “I went inside the grave like I usually do and got scared,” he said. “The dead woman’s face and teeth were disgusting. There was a light in her eyes that really horrified me. I got out as fast as I could and started running.” PHOTO: FILE

Riaz said that he had heard a new grave had been dug and a woman had been buried. “I went inside the grave like I usually do and got scared,” he said. “The dead woman’s face and teeth were disgusting. There was a light in her eyes that really horrified me. I got out as fast as I could and started running.” PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

Mohammad Riaz stood tall at five foot five inches with a white cloth covering his face at the North Nazimabad police station. DSP Abdul Rashid Khan claims that he has confessed to having defiled the corpses of 48 women in the Paposh Nagar graveyard in the last eight years.

“We had an inkling that something was not right at the graveyard but we did not know what was wrong,” he said. “We had gotten some of the gorkans [grave diggers] to work with us and keep an eye on this man for a month.” The DSP added that Riaz could not have been caught earlier as he had vanished into thin air.

While talking to the media on Saturday, Riaz said that he had heard a new grave had been dug and a woman had been buried. “I went inside the grave like I usually do and got scared,” he said. “The dead woman’s face and teeth were disgusting. There was a light in her eyes that really horrified me. I got out as fast as I could and started running.” He added that when he saw the woman’s face, he had sworn never to indulge in these sort of activities ever again.

As Riaz started running away from the grave in fear, he caught the attention of grave diggers and other people. Soon there was a mob running after him with sticks and stones. Everyone, including the police thought that he was a thief or murderer. “We were conducting a snap check in the area when we found out,” said the police. “We thought the people had caught a robber or something, had no idea that it would be something so strange.” They claim that by the time they had figured out what Riaz did, the mob was ready to beat him up and tear him to pieces. They took him to the North Nazimabad police station for further investigations.  Riaz claims that his family is from Sargodha but he has spent his entire life in Karachi. He joined the graveyard nearly eight years ago to water the plants and graves. “I got a job through one of the gorkans. His name was Wazir and he died two years ago,” he said. “Wazir taught me.”

Riaz’s crime used to go undetected as the graves were ‘katcha’ or the earth was freshly dug.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2011. 

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Y Khan
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:02PM

    Absolutely disgusting!

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  • John B
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:03PM

    Hope the news is not about what I think it is. Never heard of necrophilia for a buried corpse.

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 5:12PM

    why

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  • Zubair Ali
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:49PM

    This literally sent a shiver down my spine.Recommend

  • faraz
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:03PM

    Its a case of psychiatric disorder, it shouldnt be taken as a crime

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  • Cautious
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:08PM

    He dug up 48 graves and nobody noticed?

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 10:13PM

    Some take their Halloween seriously….just sick. Pervert’s lucky the mob didn’t beat him into his own grave…

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 10:42PM

    Think I’m gonna barf

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  • TightChuddi
    Oct 30, 2011 - 11:01PM

    and people are talking about gay rights in this country?

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 11:08PM

    Azab e Qabar…….

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  • PEACE WANTED
    Oct 30, 2011 - 11:14PM

    he should be unveiled and brought to the public to punish, such people can not just rot in jail n their identity concealed, they have to be punished severely n openly so that such a gruesome act can never be thought of again.. what a psychopath

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  • narayana murthy
    Oct 31, 2011 - 5:21AM

    Ohhh…come on…they were dead already!!!!

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  • Carol
    Oct 31, 2011 - 8:36AM

    Disgusting beyond belief. Someone should neuter him.

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  • KillAll
    Oct 31, 2011 - 10:37AM

    Dangerious..Psychopath..

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  • imran
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:09PM

    psychiatric disorder

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  • Ali54
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:03PM

    Dear NAryana,

    I wonder whow would you feel if someone have done something similar to your dead sister, mother or any close relatives… would you have said the same,, oh come on they are dead already …

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  • Amused
    Oct 31, 2011 - 9:55PM

    I suppose this Riaz character’s behaviour is much more dignified than the behaviour of those who do some bad things to the minority women and even better than the behavior of those that did things to Mukhtaran Mai.

    What says?

    Really come to think of it. Here we have this Riaz who does whatever he has to to the dead bodies. But what about those that did the same thing to a living walking, weeping, breathing, body that was not dead and cannot ever die?

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  • Nov 2, 2011 - 3:13AM

    It does not surprise me. Every muslim women in burqa (in a coffin box) as a walking corpse. There are severe restrictions to interact with these walking corpses. So naturally he went to dead , so there wont be any restrictions of any kind.

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  • sana
    Nov 3, 2011 - 6:31PM

    He is a fraud

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  • Mustafa
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:36AM

    he is a fraud?!

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  • Ammar
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:58PM

    In Pakistan, anything can happen

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  • hassam
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:00PM

    he says, he has seen light in the grave,, why not in the beginning? but after 48

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  • shagufta
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:29PM

    Ammar! everybody is not similarRecommend

  • Nov 12, 2011 - 12:57AM

    Disgusting! and he is saying him self a muslim who is praying five times a day. I am speechless!Recommend

  • Sera
    Nov 14, 2011 - 9:55AM

    Unless he actually did sexual things or had sexual contact with the dead bodies, it can be considered necrophilia. Disgusting person nonethelessRecommend

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