Malaysian toddler dies in 'exorcism'

2012-08-07 10:05

Kuala Lumpur - A 3-year-old Malaysian girl died of suffocation during a lengthy exorcism ritual in which seven family members and a maid piled on top of her, a police official said on Tuesday.

The ritual, which also included the child's parents, was held by the ethnic Chinese family late on Sunday in the northern town of Bukit Mertajam, local police chief Azman Abdul Lah said.

"Acting on a tip-off, police entered the house and broke down a bedroom door only to find eight people including a foreign maid covered with a blanket and with the victim pinned under them," he said.

"They were chanting in the room. Police believe they were involved in an exorcism ritual to drive away evil spirits."

The Star newspaper said the ritual had lasted 20 hours. Azman said the ritual had continued for many hours but could not confirm how many.

The eight suspects, aged between 16 and 67, have been detained and are being investigated for murder, he added. They included the family's Indonesian maid, the Star said.

The brother of the child's father had alerted the police, Azman said.

The others detained were the victim's grandmother, uncle, aunt, and two cousins.

  • Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-08-07 10:43

    Oh ffs... I wish we could just educate people to a level where they no longer believe in these ridiculous, superstitious religious beliefs... all religion ever does is bring misery to the world

      warren.dewit1 - 2012-08-07 11:31

      I'm still amazed that no one has ever died from being possessed however a lot of people have died from Exorcisms.

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-08-07 11:45

      Why don't u keep your education to yourself.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-08-07 13:20 what a moronic thing to say BUT that is what religious instituions thrive on, keeping their sheep ignorant...!!

  • Gavin - 2012-08-07 10:52

    Devil:1 Exorcists:0

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-08-07 11:37

      Not the devil... just religious ignorance... another poor, innocent child has now died because of superstitious beliefs... what a waste of a life, and what a horrible way for a poor 3 year old to die... smothered to death by the adults who supposedly love her... religious nutjobs make me sick!!!

  • CaptainGaza - 2012-08-07 10:55

    Superstitious nutjobs. Religion is a superstition and should be abolished. Another senseless death, praise jesus

  • johnny.potatoes61 - 2012-08-07 10:57

    Poor little girl. And people wonder why some of us despise religion?

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-08-07 11:33

    Ah come on people! It is not the religion but the morons that take it to the extreme! No where in the bible (or any other religious reading matter) does it say you have to dog pile on a 3 year old to drive out spirits! These kinds of stupid rituals are like old wives tales, someone long ago made up something but it doesn't actually work! RIP to the little girl who was a victim of her families stupidness (for not getting professions or maybe reading a bible).

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-08-07 11:44

      "someone long ago made up something " Yes, they made up religion... Maybe not every religious person take their beliefs to this extreme BUT some people (quite obviously) do... if it wasn't for these unfounded beliefs in the first place (i.e. religion), then this would not happen at all... religious beliefs are TOTALLY to blame for this...

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