A young girl has tragically died during an exorcism in Sri Lanka, after the victim’s mother believed the nine-year-old had been possessed by a demon.
A 9-year-old girl was beaten to death with a cane during an exorcism in Sri Lanka, police have said.
The girl’s mother and the woman she hired to drive an evil spirit out of the girl were arrested and appeared in court on Monday, following the fatal ceremony over the weekend, the New York Post reports.
The victim’s mother believed the girl had been possessed by a demon, and took her to the home of the exorcist in Delgoda, according to officials.
During the ritual, the exorcist put oil on the girl and beat her repeatedly with a cane. She lost consciousness and died at the hospital, police said.
Police in the area are investigating whether the suspect, who is known for advertising demonic casting services, had abused anyone else.
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