Girl (9) beaten to death in exorcism of Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan girl has died after an alleged devil spell. The mother of the nine-year-old and the so-called devil expeller have been arrested and are due to appear in court later today.

According to local authorities, the mother was convinced that the girl had been taken over by an evil spirit. So she took her daughter to a local medicine woman, who smeared her with a special oil and hit her several times with a stick.

After the girl lost consciousness, she was taken to hospital. There she died shortly afterwards.

Police are investigating whether the devil exterminator has injured more children in recent months. In recent years, several cases of exorcisms have been observed in the region around the capital Colombo, police said. Sri Lankans are called upon to exercise restraint in exorcising attempts.

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