Salma Bibi, daughter of labourer Manzoor Ahmed, was mentally challenged and her parents believed she was under the influence of evil spirits. Her parents enlisted the services of Pir Shabbir a self proclaimed “healer” to exorcise the evil spirits. Sources at a Chichawatni hospital confirmed severe marks of torture and hot iron rod burns at face, arms and feet.
Pir beat the girl with an iron rod and burnt her on the arms and legs telling her parents to remain calm as evil spirits were hard to ward off. A postmortem report stated “broken neck” led to the girl’s death. The police claimed the Pir was immediately absolved of the crime as the girl’s father said
“it is a sin to blame the pir”.