Police probe bomoh ‘rapes’

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  • Wednesday, 26 May 2004

MALACCA: Police are investigating claims by a father that his three daughters had been raped by a bomoh in Tanjung Tuan, near here, between 1994 and 1997. 

The women – in their 20s – had reportedly been sent to the bomoh to seek his help to cure various ailments that they were suffering from. 

The father was reportedly shocked when he met his daughters last week, one in Petaling Jaya and the other in Kajang, and found out that each of them had a child. 

It is understood that the 52-year-old bomoh, said to have seven wives and more than 20 children, is facing four charges of rape and is now being held at the Sungai Buloh Prison in Selangor. 

Malacca police chief SAC I Datuk Christopher Wan said the father of the three alleged victims was called up yesterday to give his statement to the police. 

He said the police would apply to the prison authorities to bring the suspect here to help in the investigations. 

SAC I Wan said one of the women was first sent to the bomoh in 1994 when she was just 16. 

He said the father sent another daughter – then aged 15 – to the man in 1996 and a year later, sent the eldest daughter, aged 21. 

SAC I Wan said each daughter was sent to the bomoh for various ailments: the first to purportedly break a magic spell, the second to cure a body itch and the third for a stomach ailment. 

The suspect, it was learnt, had been held at the Sungai Buloh Prison since July last year over rape cases in Selangor. 

In 2000, the man was charged by the Alor Gajah Syariah Court with committing a marriage ceremony against the Syariah laws. 

He was, however, given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal in October 2000. 

Of his seven alleged “wives”, four were said to have married him legally.  

Pamphlets recovered by the police showed that the bomoh, had claimed to be able to cure ailments ranging from high blood pressure to shingles and heart problems.  

He also claimed to be able to help single people to look for life partners, and find solutions to infertility, sexual dissatisfaction and impotency.  

The bomoh also claimed he could help trace missing children. 

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