If this does not convince you that supersition kills…

Posted July 30, 2009

… I do not know what will.

FAIR WARNING: This is heartbreaking.


According to ABC News, a 5 year old girl was beheaded by a witchdoctor in India yesterday.

This was not an accident.

Occult practitioner Mewalal Chauhan recommended the “human sacrifice” when the child’s neighbour Ram Niwas came to him for help, Mr Srivastava said.

“Ram Niwas had sons but none of them survived infancy. His brother too was ailing. The ‘tantrik’ Chauhan said a human sacrifice was necessary to get rid of these problems,” he said.

The witchdoctor, his male assistant and Niwas lured the little girl into a field where Chauhan cut off her head after prayers and rituals, the police officer said.

I am also interested in the last two sentences of the report, which show an inconsistency I find baffling.

Belief in black magic is common among superstitious rural Indians.

Many families in India value male heirs for their breadwinning potential, and sons are needed to light their parents’ funeral pyres under Hindu rites.

So, is it black magic they believe in, or the Hindu religion? Are these compatible? Not that it matters…



Ani on July 31st, 2009 at 15:37:
OMFSM! :’( I’m speechless.

Federate on July 31st, 2009 at 17:05:
What century are we living in again? Human sacrifices?
So let’s go and sacrifice the neighbour’s daughter because both my sons died during infancy with the hopes that the third one survives. Not that it would matter who was being sacrificed anyway, considering how sickening this story already is by itself. Can’t imagine what the mother of this 5 yo went through when she found out…
Just glad that this practise is illegal in all countries and limited to a few areas in the world and to a few, isolated religions. Besides the Tantric sect of Hinduism, it’s found in some areas of Africa as well.

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