Exploitation: Woman seeks case against fake pir

“He read something out loud and offered me water to drink,” the petitioner said.


Our Correspondent May 20, 2014
Woman said she fell unconscious after drinking the water while the men fled with the money, ring and a mobile phone.

LAHORE:


A additional district and sessions judge on Tuesday sought comments from Nishtar Colony police on a petition seeking registration of a case against a fake pir for allegedly depriving the petitioner of Rs50,000, a gold ring and a cell phone.


Saira Bibi, the petitioner, said she had read an advertisement by Professor Hanif, claiming that he treated infertility. The petitioner said that she had called Hanif who told her that her house was haunted and that he could address her problems with exorcism. On May 9, she said, Hanif and another man, Ashraf, visited her home to “evict the spiritual entities”. “He read something out loud and offered me water to drink,” the petitioner said.

She said she fell unconscious after drinking the water while the men fled with the money, ring and a mobile phone.

She said she had requested the Nishtar station house officer (SHO) to register a case against Hanif but he refused. She requested the court to order the SHO to register a case.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2014.

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