‘Dirty Dukun’ Held Over Four Sex Assaults


A dukun (shaman or wise man) who sexually molested at least four female patients at his practice at Padang Galak, East Denpasar, is under arrest and reportedly contrite for his offences.

Police detained Muhammad Nursidik, 32, from Jember in East Java and a qualified lawyer, after complaints from women who had sought treatment from him.

They believe there are more women the man may have molested who have yet to come forward to make complaints.

Nursidik, who has had a practice for six years from his office in Jl Padang Galak, was caught because a 23-year-old woman from Jl Imam Bonjol in Denpasar complained she had been repeatedly sexually molested by him.

East Denpasar Police went to the premises but Nursidik was not there. So they organised a “sting” operation to nab him, getting a relative of the woman to telephone him and say she had told them she had been molested.

Nursidik offered the relative Rp5 million (US$550) to settle the problem and was arrested when he arrived at the agreed location to hand over the money.

Police said this week he had admitted to molesting four female patients but they believed there were more and were still questioning Nursidik.

They said Nursidik duped one of the women into an unwanted sexual encounter by telling her he needed to have relations with her in order to cure her stomach and headaches.

When she arrived with her husband he sent him out to buy eggs that he would then break and smear over her. The offence took place while the husband was away getting eggs.

Nursidik told police investigators he had molested four women but only one of them had known his name.

“I molested them. I am very sorry for what I did. I am resigned to my fate and accept my punishment,” he told the media at East Denpasar Police headquarters.

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