‘Virgin cure’: Three women killed to ‘cure’ Aids

Published: February 28, 2013
Maha was arrested after a case was registered against her at the Bhara Kahu Police Station, says IGP. PHOTO: FILE

Maha was arrested after a case was registered against her at the Bhara Kahu Police Station, says IGP. PHOTO: FILE


At least three women were raped and killed because the perpetrator thought it was a cure for his ailment.

A couple accused of raping and killing an 11-year-old girl in Bhara Kahu confessed to their crime in front of the media on Wednesday at the office of the city superintendent of police.

Inspector General of the Islamabad police Bani Amin Khan revealed that during interrogation, Qamar* claimed to have AIDS and was abducting and raping women and young girls with the help of his accomplice Maha* to cure his ailment.

There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, however, illiteracy and dependence on untrained medical practitioners has led to the perpetuation of the ‘virgin cure’ myth and its pursuit in many parts of the world, especially sub-Saharan Africa.

Apart from confessing to the recent rape and murder of 9-year-old Sehr*, the duo also confessed to the unsolved murder of 22-year old Samia* — the daughter of a police officer — in Bhara Kahu last November.

Earlier, IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan said Qamar, a resident of Lala Musa, had confessed to the rape and murder of a girl in Lala Musa as well. He said Qamar would prepare an intoxicating mixture which he gave to his victims to subdue them.

Giving details of the investigation, the IGP said that Maha was arrested after a case was registered against her at the Bhara Kahu Police Station. However, she was able to get a bail-before-arrest order from a court.

Khan said the burnt body of Sehr was recovered from a dry nullah in Sector 1-9/1 on February 16, and she was identified using DNA samples.

A case was then registered by the Industrial Area police against unknown persons.

In an investigation, City SP Muhammad Ilyas was tasked with analysing the suspects’ phone records, while “Secretariat DSP Liaqat Hayat Niazi and Bhàra Kahu SHO Mehboob Ahmed were directed to collect information from I-9 and Bhara Kahu, interview the neighbours and interrogate the accused,” he said.

Khan said that 45 people including 20 from the furniture market in Sector I-9 were also interviewed. He said 107 persons including 67 residents of Citizen Margalla Valley in Bhara Kahu were also interviewed, medical stores, clinics and hospitals near Naiabadi and Simly Dam Road were checked.

He said 17 relatives of the victim were also interviewed and a team was sent to Murree — the victim’s hometown — to check for any background conflicts or issues.

Maha* was in contact with Qamar — who works as a human resources manager at a steel mill in Islamabad — through a “secret phone” hidden at her house, which Amin said the police investigation team located.

The IGP said Qamar was living in Sector 1-9/1 and came to Maha’s house on Feb 13. When he tried to rape Sehr, she started shouting. “He then gave her the concoction to knock her out,” he said.

According to the city’s top cop, Qamar then wrapped the child in a bedsheet and a plastic bag and took her back to Sector 1-9/1, where he raped and killed her.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • citizen
    Feb 28, 2013 - 3:41PM

    this is plain sick ! we badly need extreme stringent laws againt rape crimes . For god sake make this country safe for women .


  • Sidrah
    Feb 28, 2013 - 4:01PM

    Sickness but when you try to educate society on such matters people come out with the vulgarity and morality brigade.


  • Sher Ghazi
    Feb 28, 2013 - 4:09PM

    Where law ends crimes taking place, Same with in Pakistan. Each and every one knew that here no peace and justices so they take the advantage of this law less land and hammer on poor people.We need to draw a line between criminals and innocent people other wise such incidents will face each and every one.


  • Assam Zafar
    Feb 28, 2013 - 4:12PM

    our society is badly infected with such mentally sick people. Its a pity that we don’t take these issues seriously.


  • S N J
    Feb 28, 2013 - 4:22PM

    What a disgrace to Humanity!


  • Aym
    Feb 28, 2013 - 4:38PM

    This sicko was the HR Manager of Ittehad Steel Mills. One would think he must an educated, rational person. Who knows how many rapists roam freely here under different garbs. And this also calls for severe laws against rape.


  • Daniyah Sehar
    Feb 28, 2013 - 4:38PM

    Just chop off his manhood ! A perfect ‘cure’ for his sick act!


  • Feb 28, 2013 - 5:28PM

    Implementation of Sharia Law is cure to this ill.


  • Khawar Butt
    Feb 28, 2013 - 5:46PM

    Those who educated him about this form of ‘cure’ must also be brought to justice.


  • Junaid Jamshed Fan
    Feb 28, 2013 - 6:14PM

    Or, as according to Junaid Jamshed, just don’t let them drive. All the women will be automatically protected.


  • Sohaib Hassan
    Feb 28, 2013 - 10:32PM

    concept probable have been evolved from Christian legends of virgin martyrs is destroying thousands of life’s every year, specially in Africa. Being H.R executive I cant even imagine of such psycho to be H.R Manager.


  • Feb 28, 2013 - 10:40PM

    @Jawad Latif:

    Implementation of Sharia Law is cure to this ill .

    Sharia law will allow him to pay blood money and save himself. Pakistan require a law for human beings and not religious fanatics.


  • Raja
    Feb 28, 2013 - 11:55PM

    This Nation has crossed all the lowest standards,,, Plz education is not only in books educate minds as well


  • Iftikhar
    Mar 1, 2013 - 10:00AM


    This is not a sickness. To me actually he tried to misguide the investigators that he was advised by some quacks to rape other girls for HIV treatment. He tried to transfer his sin over the quacks to portray him innocent, which acutally was committed by him willingly to meet his sexual desires. I think the glamour, mobiles, internet and modernization trends leading such event in our society. Such idiots should be burnt like he did with little cute students. Deserves no mercy. I an unable to understand the Mehak’s role in whole story. What was she doing and why? Its so strange


  • ali
    Mar 1, 2013 - 10:22AM

    @akbar jehangir… totaly agree with
    u…. we require law for humans


  • Wajid
    Mar 1, 2013 - 1:59PM

    @Akbar Jehangir:
    Do not comment against sharia if you dint read it.


  • Hassan
    Mar 4, 2013 - 4:54PM

    So this happens in Pakistan also!


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