— Villagers in this small textile town thought Saeed Mehmood ul Hasan
had a pipeline to God. They believed that his Koranic maxims — sometimes
scrawled onto wadded scraps of paper, stuffed into a leather pouch and
worn around the neck — could cure headaches, mend an ailing kidney or
patch up a family rift.
Allah Wasaya was among those who believed, and last year he hired Hasan
to resolve a family spat over money. He and his family stopped
believing, Wasaya said, when they determined that Hasan's remedy was a
diversion for darker pursuits. After sending Wasaya's wife to a butcher
to buy a black goat's head that he said was needed to work his magic,
Hasan raped the couple's 15-year-old daughter, who was alone in her
bedroom, Wasaya recently recalled.
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