Saudi Arabia and Nigeria are not the only countries where people apparently resort to barbarism in response to alleged witches. The parents of a 14 year old girl in Sweden have been arrested and charged for beating and burning their daughter because they thought she was a witch.
The father and step-mother of a 14-year-old girl from western Sweden were charged on Friday with repeatedly beating and burning the girl because they “thought she was a witch”, according to the prosecutor.
“According to the girl’s version of events she has been subjected to being locked up, has had her feet tied together, assault through being burned with a red-hot knife in a torture-like manner and other violent rites and exorcisms,” prosecutor Daniel Larsson wrote in a statement.
Along with the parents, a pastor from a small religious community in Malmö has been charged.
“There is a pastor in Malmö who is under suspicion but is currently abroad,” Larson wrote.
According to local paper Borås Tidning (BT), suspicions first surfaced in 2004 when an anonymous report to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) claimed all was not right, but the agency opted not to pursue the matter at the time.
Six years later, in 2010, the agency received new reports that the child was being abused, as well as information indicating that her father had taken her to Skåne to force the evil demons out of her.
Remember this next time someone tells you that irrationality has no consequences.