Accused ‘faith-healer’ confronted by witnesses
Sopore: The Sopore mass child sexual abuse case has entered in its critical phase as the accused Molvi Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh was confronted by the prosecution witnesses in the infamous case. The matter was heard in the court of Sub Judicial Magistrate Sopore where various witnesses began recording their statements.
Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh, 46, a resident of Mundji village in Sopore outskirts, who claims to be a Pir (faith healer) is a married with three children and has been accused of sexual exploitation of young boys.
The dark side of the ‘faith-healer’ was exposed last year when nephew of a complainant refused to go to Sheikh’s place on the insistence of his family. The boy later revealed to his family that the faith healer had been sexually exploiting him for the last four years. Sheikh was arrested by police on 6th of March, 2016, and is presently out on bail.
Police claim the so-called peer has been involved in sexually exploiting minor children for 16 years.
When the news of this infamous case came out in the media, many people came forward with horrific stories of how the Pir allegedly used healing as an excuse to sexually abuse young boys, some of them now in their twenties and thirties.
Two prosecution witnesses were called by the Sopore court on Thursday to testify. One of the witnesses was father of one of the victims, whose son had been continuously abused by Sheikh for almost four years (2012-2016). The witness’s statement was taken in a separate room to protect his privacy. The accused Sheikh was also present in the court.
The court is scheduled to hear the other witnesses account in coming days. Another witness, victim of exploitation, is scheduled to depose before the court on Friday.