Fakhira shares story of her close encounter with a stranger in campus

By Shazni Ong

GOMBAK, 22 September 2016: A female student from the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences had probably encountered one of the most terrifying moments in her life after she claimed that she was hypnotised by an unknown man.

The victim, Wan Fakhira binti Wan Mohd Noor, said the incident took place while she was on her way to the library.

“I was approached by a very well dress middle age guy who asked me for the direction to the Kulliyah of Architecture & Environmental Design (KAED).

“Without hesitation, I unconsciously agreed to accompany him to show the direction by taking a ride in his car,” she said, adding that the incident took place around 11.30 a.m on Monday (19 September).

According to Wan Fakhira, her intention was merely to help him and pointed out that she was not that easy to be persuaded by a stranger.

Wan Fakhira said that while they were in the car, the man had introduced himself as an officer from a ‘Ministry’ and claimed that he had two Masters degree in Education and Psychology.

She added that the situation got very disturbing when he started asking her whether she had class after this, after she showed him the KAED building.

She said the man even asked about the location of the nearest coffee shop outside the campus such as Starbucks or Coffee Bean, so that he could sit down with her for a longer chat.

The man said that if they were to sit together and have a chat in the campus, it would look rather awkward. He also told her that she need not worry as she could talk to him as a friend, said Wan Fakhira.

 Wan Fakhira, however, replied to the man’s ‘invitation’ stating that she had things to do and was in a rush.

“I immediately asked him to drop me at the parking space near the library and the Kulliyyah of Economics.

“At the same time while looking for parking, he started to ask about my personal life such as my personal relationship and other information, as well as pointing out at my insecurity, which made me suspicious of him.”

“The man then suggested that they could sit in the car instead and have a chat since there was no parking space available,” she said.

Wan Fakhira said that the man finally allowed her to leave the car after she insisted to the man that she needed to go.

Alhamdulillah, I managed to regain my consciousness and get out of his car. Thankfully nothing happened.”

“When I was in the car with him I couldn’t think properly. It’s like I was being hypnotised by him,” she said recalling the close encounter with the man.

She noted that there were already several similar cases that had occurred in the past that had been reported.

“This time around, the man drove a Honda City (WA 2029 C). It’s just today I’m very unfortunate to become his ‘target’.

“Hence, the moral of the story is to always recite ayatul-qursi, don’t easily trust others and always be aware of your surroundings,” she said.

Meanwhile, when contacted by IIUMToday after her lodging of a report with the Security Office on the incident yesterday morning, Wan Fakhira said that the Office was taking the responsibility to investigate the case.

She urged female students to contact the Security Office immediately if they faced a similar situation just like what she had encountered.

“If there were any subsequent incident after this, don’t be scared. Just contact Mr. Nasrul of the Security Office as soon as possible at 011-3526 4256,” she said. ***

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