Algeria: a young girl tortured to death during a session of exorcism

A 10-year old girl died in eastern Algeria, during a session of violent exorcism (roqya), a case that has sparked uproar among many users, since the arrest on Thursday of a “healer” or raqui.

The Floor of Guelma (500 km east of Algiers), announced the arrest of an individual who practice roqya, after the death of a 10 year old girl ” who suffered abuse during a roqya to which she was subjected in her family home “.

No details have been given on the reasons for which the girl had been submitted Wednesday in this session of exorcism.

According to the statement of the prosecutor reproduced by the media, the little girl died on his arrival at the emergency department of the hospital of Guelma, ” the girl’s body bore signs of beatings and burns “. The public prosecutor ordered an autopsy and an investigation, according to the same source.

The exorcists are often called upon to heal the sick, ” chase the devil “, to preserve themselves from the evil eye or to help the wives sterile.

If islam allows the exorcism, considered legal because it is done with the word of God (by reciting the Qur’an), many are those who denounce the fact that this practice is often the work of unscrupulous people who abuse the plight of the sick, especially those suffering from mental illness and spiritual.

On social networks, many users have expressed their anger after the death of the little girl in’ a session of torture “at the hands of an “executioner” of 28 years to Guelma.

The correspondent of the algerian radio in the nearby city of Constantine has condemned an act of ” abominable committed by an impostor.”

“Until when shall these crimes will continue “, is it still requested on its page Facebook.

Many on this social network have denounced media coverage in a minimum of the drama, ” despite the cruelty of the acts committed by the impostor.”

“We’re going to pretend for a long time not see (…) the little girl of ten years old tortured and killed by a raki to Guelma ? “was as high on its page in Facebook the journalist Akram Kharief, the site director MENA Defense.

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