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.
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.
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.