Karnataka Priest Among 5 Arrested For Trying To Sacrifice 10-Year-Old Girl To ‘Ward Off Evil’ From Field

Indiatimes.com [India]

June 21, 2021

By Somak Adhikari

Five individuals, among them a priest, have been arrested in Bengaluru for allegedly trying to get a 10-year-old girl sacrificed in order to ‘ward off evil spirits’ in a field, as per India Today. 

A case has been registered against them by the cops under the Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, kidnapping and criminal intimidation as per The New Indian Express.

The report said it happened in Gandhi Grama near Nelamangala on June 14. The girl was a Class 4 student and lived with her grandma while her parents lived in Magadi. Both were labourers. 

In their complaint, the parents claimed that the neighbours Savithramma and Soumya took their daughter to a nearby field. She told them she was forced to wear a garland. 

The grandmother noticed she was missing and on hearing her screams, raised the alarm. She was rescued and narrated the incident and said they planned to sacrifice her. 

The accused claimed that they had taken her for a stone-laying ceremony. 

Police said a probe has been launched to look into the matter.