In Khujand, a mullah was detained on charges of committing depraved acts against his client, who turned to him to “exorcise demons.” This was reported by the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Tajikistan.
According to the investigation, 68-year-old Abduvali Nabiyev was engaged in “religious treatment”, although he had neither religious nor medical education. He received clients at his residence. In particular, Nabiev “healed” women and “cast out demons” from them through prayer and massage.
On October 5, 2023, local resident M. came to Nabiev with complaints of a headache. For 50 somoni ($4.5), the mullah read her a prayer, but then stated that this was not enough and offered the woman a session of “exorcism.” M. agreed and on October 13 came to Nabiev again, having previously purchased everything necessary for the ceremony. Mulla began a session during which he began to “massage” the woman and “commit other depraved acts of a sexual nature.” For this M. paid him another 50 somoni.
On October 18, Nabiev repeated the “expulsion” session, for which he again received the same amount. After the second session, the mullah invited the woman to continue the “treatment” at her home. She agreed, but rented an apartment and called the police there. When Nabiev arrived at the appointed place and began the session, he was detained. The man was accused of acts of a sexual nature that insulted the feelings of believers. He faces from three to seven years in prison.