Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Police Hunt ‘Exorcist’ Whose Ritual Killed Two Women ‹ Newsweek Pakistan

Have you ever noticed that it is women who are at the receiving end of these ideadly, treatments in the name of superstition and religion.
Police are hunting an “exorcist” over the death of a woman and her daughter who suffocated in a botched fire ritual to rid them of their demons, officials said.

The killings took place in Kot Addu, a rural town in southern Punjab, where many rely on traditional healers and black magic to cure their ailments.

The 40-year-old woman and her 15-year-old daughter were taken to a so-called holy man on Monday by a relative who believed they were possessed, district police chief Awais Ahmed Malik told AFP. They both died of suffocation when the practitioner locked them in a room and lit a fire to expel their demons, he added.
Faith healers are common across Pakistan, an overwhelmingly Muslim country, with the practice rooted in mystic Sufi lore. A cure-all to some and for others a scam that preys on people’s superstitions, black magicians continue to thrive despite the disapproval of some hardline schools of Islam.
Police Hunt ‘Exorcist’ Whose Ritual Killed Two Women ‹ Newsweek Pakistan

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