Assam girls die after torture by exorcist

Hailakandi: Two girls were allegedly killed by an exorcist in the name of “casting out evil spirits from their bodies” at Nimaichandpur village, 25km from this Assam town, last week.

The police on Monday said the sisters, Rahima Begum, 16, and Halima Begum, 8, were ill for the past few days. Their father, Sadullah Mazumdar, a farmer, called mullah Anam Uddin Laskar, 36, a resident of Pangram village of Cachar district, to chase away the evil spirits he suspected were afflicting his daughters.

On Friday night, Laskar took the girls to a room in their house and started beating them mercilessly. The male members of the family tried to protest but Laskar asked them to stay away lest the evil spirits attack them. The torture continued all night and after Laskar left the house next morning, the family members found Halima dead and Rahima severely injured. They buried Halima that morning.

Neighbours informed Lala police station. The police picked up Rahima and her parents for questioning and brought them here. They also unearthed Halima’s body and sent it to S.K. Roy civil hospital here for post-mortem. In the afternoon, the president of Nimaichandpur mosque lodged an FIR at Lala police station.

Lala police station officer-in-charge Monirul Islam said Rahima was brought to a hospital after which she and her mother were lodged in an NGO home. But the girl succumbed to her injuries on Sunday morning. In the evening, the police handed over the bodies to their family after post-mortem. Villagers alleged that Mazumdar was extremely superstitious. They tried to attack his house on Monday, but the police foiled the bid.

Additional superintendent of police Jagadish Das said the police were looking for Laskar and interrogating Mazumdar.

News Source Telegraph India

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