Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Woman Thrashed, Forced To Swallow Pig Excreta To 'Drive Out Evil Spirit'

In a bizarre incident, a sorcerer in Odisha thrashed a woman and fed her pig excreta to cure her illness and drive away ‘evil spirit’. The accused has been arrested.


Crimes rooted in superstition continue to haunt people in tribal pockets in Odisha. In a shocking incident, a woman was allegedly thrashed and forced to swallow pig excreta by a sorcerer in Odisha.

The incident is of tribal district of Malkangiri where a tribal sorcerer allegedly thrashed a woman, exposed her face to fire and fed her pig excreta to cure her illness and ‘drive out evil spirit’ from her body.

As per reports, the woman had been keeping unwell for over a week. Suspecting that she had been ‘possessed by an evil spirit’, her villagers took her to the sorcerer on Sunday.

After chanting ‘mantras’ and performing rituals in presence of the woman, the man concluded that the woman had been possessed by a ghost. As a remedy, he started thrashing her to exorcise the spirit. When that did not help, he exposed her face to flames and forced her to eat pig excreta.

The woman suffered burn injuries and after her health deteriorated, she was admitted to a hospital.

The accused was arrested on Monday on charges of attempt to murder, the Malkangiri SP said.

Malkangiri Police SP Rishikesh Khillari told India Today TV, “We are investigating the incident and are in touch with the woman.”

Superstitious practices are unfortunately common in the tribal belts of the Odisha. Instead of visiting hospitals, the tribal people turn to sorcerers, local quacks and black magicians for treatment.

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