‘Raped’ in childhood, man testifies against ‘faith healer’

‘Raped’ in childhood, man testifies against ‘faith healer’
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SOPORE: A court in Sopore recorded the statement of a victim of child abuse by an infamous faith healer (pir) on Thursday.
The 28-year old who was allegedly subjected to abuse as a child by the Molvi Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh, is said to one of the hundreds of his victims.[epq-quote align=”align-right”]SOPORE CHILD ABUSE TRIAL[/epq-quote]
The witness confronted Sheikh in the court of Sub-Judicial Magistrate Sopore on Thursday, giving chilling details in a testimony recorded in a separate room to protect his privacy.
Sheikh, 46, a resident of Mundji village in Sopore outskirts, a self claimed faith healer, is father of three children and is accused of sexual exploitation of hundreds of young boys over a decade and half.
The dark side of the ‘faith-healer’ was exposed in 2016 when a boy refusing to go to Sheikh’s place on the insistence of his family, revealed to his family that the faith healer had been sexually exploiting him for the last four years.
Sheikh was arrested by police on March 16, 2016, and has been granted bail in the case but is presently lodged in Kupwara jail under Public Safety Act (PSA). He was brought by police to court for the hearing.
“He is presently lodged in Kupwara jail under Public Safety Act, I cannot share more details about his PSA case but I have no information about his sexual abuse case” Station House Officer of Tarzoo police station, Sabzar Ali told Kashmir Reader.
Police claim the so-called pir has been involved in sexually exploiting minor children for 16 years.
When the news of this infamous case came out first, many people came forward with horrific stories of how Sheikh allegedly used healing as an excuse to sexually abuse young boys, some of them now in their twenties and thirties.
The 28- year-old youth from Sopore who testified against Sheikh Thursday in front of the Chief Judicial Magistrate told the court how Sheikh raped him from time to time, while he was teaching them Quran and Arabic in a private school in Brath village in Sopore outskirts.
Sheikh has been accused of sexually abusing hundreds of boys in the disguise of faith healing in North Kashmir and beyond. The trial for this case has entered its third year.
The court is scheduled to hear the other witnesses account in coming days.