The alleged sexter, who harassed over 1,500 women by sending them offensive texts, porn clips and photos on WhatsApp, has been mentally ill for the past five years, his family claimed.
Showing records of his medical history and prescriptions from Max Hospital, Saket, Mohammad Khalid’s father, Abdul Majeed, said he was being framed.
“The phone in which the database of contacts has been recovered was not his. He had bought the second-hand phone from someone five months ago and the numbers were already stored in that. He did not even know how to delete them. He has no idea how to operate a smart phone. He was using a phone that had no access to internet.”
He added, “Five years ago, he had typhoid which developed into brain fever. He was admitted to the hospital and his treatment is still on. His condition deteriorated so much that he pulled out all his hair due to the unbearable headache. He did not even talk much, how would he send messages to 1,500 women?”
Khalid’s sister, who is to be married on July 23, said this year’s Eid was their worst. “My brother was supposed to be helping around with the arrangements of my marriage and he is in jail. It is Eid and we have not prepared any sweets in the house.
“We are all sitting in old clothes. How could we celebrate Eid when we know that our brother is suffering for no fault of his,” she said.
She added, “The police beat up Khalid so bad that he has blue marks all over his back. They tore off his pants and damaged his ear. When I went to give him his medicines, they did not let me meet him.”
Refusing to believe Khalid sent pornographic material to women at night, his mother, Firdosa Akhtar, said he was very religious and since the family slept in the same room, it was impossible for him to operate his phone at night.
“I never allowed him to use a phone. It is only recently that he got this phone and started using it. God knows from whom did he buy the cursed phone. He reads namaz daily and sleeps with us in the same room. I have never seen him fiddle with his phone or surf the internet at night,” she said.
She said Arif, a local mobile shop owner, provided the SIM cards to her brother, from which the texts were sent.
“Arif supplies SIM cards to people without any documents for R200 each. Why was he not arrested? My brother may have sent messages to a few women, but surely not to 1,500 of them. The police threatened to frame him in other cases just to show that they have been solved,” she said.
The police, however, maintained that Khalid had created a database of over 2,000 women and he used to send text messages and pornographic material to them.