A 16 year old boy has died from drinking 18 litres of water, which was claimed to possess magical power, during an exorcist ceremony in Songkhla province.
According to the victim′s father, Ms. Karnchana [who led the ceremony] instructed the pilgrims to drink a barrel full of “holy water”, 18 litres in capacity, before midnight of each day in order to release the evil spirits from their bodies. The participants were also reportedly instructed to drink the water until they vomited.
The older twin said the victim suffered seizure after he drank the barrel of water on the first night, but the leading necromancer, Ms. Karnchana, managed to revive him and told his relatives that the spirits were attempting to flee from the boy′s body.
On the night of 5 October, the older twin said, the boy suffered another seizure and fainted as he drank the water. He was later revived by other participants, who were convinced that a “tiger ghost” was leaving his body, and forced to drink more holy water once he regained consciousness.
The boy reportedly fainted, and was revived to drink the water, for three times before he eventually lost his consciousness for the final time around midnight. After failed attempts to resuscitate him, the family members finally brought him to hospital at 03.00, where the medical staff pronounced him dead.
Doctors at the hospital said the deceased victim suffered from lung flooding and heart failure which was caused by excessive water consumption.
The police are reportedly seeking further evidence agains Ms. Karnchana to connect her actions with the boy′s death but she insists that the followers did this of their own accord.
Water intoxication is pretty much impossible without trying. Your body repeatedly warns you that you have had enough. Therefore, Ms. Kamchana was providing dangerous advice. A ‘water cure’ is a labeled as a form of torture.
Tip: @Whatstheharm on Twitter (Tim Farley)