Mentally ill Moroccan woman ‘beaten to death with sticks’ during Islamic exorcism ceremony

A mentally ill Moroccan woman has died after relatives took her to an Islamic exorcism ceremony to rid her of ‘demons’.

The mother of eight is understood to have died after being repeatedly beaten with a stick by an exorcist known as a fqih in the village of Douar Beni Salah in the northern Tetouan region.

The unnamed woman, who is in her 40s, took part in the religious ceremony in the belief that her mental illness was caused by evil spirits, with her family telling local reporters that they felt the woman had been ‘possessed by the devil’.

  • tom_billesley

    February 2015 case from Agadir of murder by exorcism.

    The tragedy started when the newly married girl went into a fit of hysteria, and her family decided to seek the help of a Fqih.
    To cast out the evil spirit from her body, the Fqih loudly recited passages from the Koran, the holy book of Muslims.
    According to Al Ahdat Al Maghribya, “the Fqih sat on the chest of the ‘possessed’ bride and made his assistant sit on her lap,” in order to calm her movement and “force the evil spirit” to leave her body.
    The same source added that the Fqih hit her all over her body, shouting at the “evil spirit”, “Get out Satan’s son; will not you get out?”
    The daily added that the woman passed away on Sunday evening after several sessions of torture.
    The Fqih, his assistant, and members of the victim’s family were brought before the court of Agadir on Thursday on charges of intentional abuse leading to death, and the practice of sorcery.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Oh well. Their culture their problems. Carry on.

  • Minicapt

    Someone should warn Lizzie May’s people about such dangers.