Horrific “exorcisms” in Pakistan and Argentina in the news

It’s awful to have to report more exorcism stories. Today we have limited information (as usual) of reports on two deaths in Pakistan and a horrific assault that left a young woman in critical condition and severely handicapped for life in Argentina. Both involved religious-backed actions.

Police Hunt ‘Exorcist’ Whose Ritual Killed Two Women

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.

The article notes they were suffering from a stomach ailment. Therefore, that could be why faith healing was sought. And we get this terrible ending.

Argentina Exorcism: Teen Allegedly Gang-Raped, Has Eyes Gouged Out By Sister

A 16-year-old Argentinean girl is in critical condition after reportedly being gang-raped and having her eyes gouged out by her own sister. Argentinean police say the brutal acts were part of an exorcism ritual organized by a local pastor.

The teen’s family reportedly believed the girl was possessed by the devil and devised the scheme as an attempt to save her. The ritual, allegedly planned by a pastor to rid the girl of the evil spirits, was preformed in the town of General Pinedo, according to Inquisitr.

The girl reported had visions that worried her family. A pastor was said to have instructed the sister to cut out the eyes of the afflicted girl with a knife provided to her. Again, there is little information to go on here and I have not found solid confirmation of the stories by very reputable news outlets. There is NO explanation (nor really could there be) of how the rape was associated with the exorcism.

Addition: The Spanish-language local paper seems to confirm the story.

The homeowner argued that previous days, his younger daughter had signs of being possessed by some strange force, as if devilish, then spoke in a strange way, in the words of the father, which is why we sought help from some evangelical pastors, who they prayed for the girl and managed to calm her down, even quietly returned home. (Google Translate)

[Thanks One Eyed Jack – see comments]

Women are typically at the receiving end of these inhuman, often deadly, treatments in the name of superstition and religion.

  6 comments for “Horrific “exorcisms” in Pakistan and Argentina in the news

  1. August 23, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    So sickening, what human beings are capable of doing to one another. I don’t think we need “demons” to explain the evil that people do, and these stories are just more proof of that.

    Makes me so sad to read about this kind of thing.

  2. Dubious f
    August 23, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    When you are in an area where there’s more faith healers than psychologists, you should know that it’s dangerous to act out out of the norm. Malicious actions based on religion is almost always done with a sense of impunity… Look at ISIS, for dear sakes!
    On a lighter side, happy bday mrs Hill

  3. MisterNeutron
    August 23, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    When you think that your god is telling you what to do, you’re capable of doing absolutely anything.

  4. One Eyed Jack
    August 23, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    RE: Argentine Exorcism

    Web searches only return less than reliable news outlets regurgitating the same text without any references to an original source.

    This link appears to be from a local news source. http://www.chacohoy.com/con-una-detenida-buscan-a-otros-participes-del-ritual-con-que-le-sacaron-los-ojos-a-una-chica/

    Google Translate English version https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.chacohoy.com/con-una-detenida-buscan-a-otros-participes-del-ritual-con-que-le-sacaron-los-ojos-a-una-chica/&prev=search

    Gente de Pueblo in the region of Chaco is where this even reportedly took place, so we can assume that “Chaco Today” would be a local source, though I do not know its reputation.

  5. reprobate
    August 25, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    I have learned over the span of my many years when it comes to religious belief, there is no dearth of insanity. Add to that, the various excuses man uses for committing any atrocious act, religious belief being a prime candidate, stories such as these only serve to ensure my complete lack of faith in man and his institutions.
    True or not, a story such as this, has a start/basis in fact.
    The Salem witch trials readily spring to mind and they were just an offshoot of the horrors from the previous despicable actions.
    The Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades (more accurately, the behaviors displayed by so-called religious servants during this time) and a plethora of other hunts spawned through ignorance and blind faith.
    What of Hitler and his cohorts with their insidious capturing and killing not only the Jews but any who who did not fit into the regulated position assigned. An attempt at total annihilation of Gypsies (though it has been recently determined they are most likely of Jewish origin), local residents that were Black, deformed in any manner, Catholics and many others were persecuted.
    Man’s inhumanity to man knows no limit and religion appears to present an easy release from guilt and culpability.

  6. Dubious f
    September 14, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Plus, let us not demise that in 2015, more than ever, drugs fuel these religious extremists. Powders in all forms that pipe the money and spike the troops

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