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’.