A pastor and his church members have killed a woman allegedly possessed by evil spirit by stripping her n*ked and throwing her into a bonfire in order to drive ‘demons’ out of her body.
The incident happened in Nicaragua a country in Central America. The church members had alleged that she had engaged herself in witchcraft and had to be exorcised. The woman identified as Vilma Trujillo Garcia, suffered burns over 80% of her body.
Speaking of the painful loss, the woman’s husband Peralta Rodriguez said that the group’s actions is unforgivable and painful.
“My wife was not demonised,” Peralta Rodríguez told local reporters. “What they did to her was witchcraft.”
“They killed my wife, the mother of my two little ones,” he added. “Now what am I going to tell them?”
Vice-President Rosario Murillo called her death “regrettable.”
The woman’s husband described it as shocking and unforgivable
Prosecutors say evangelical pastor Juan Gregorio Rocha Romero and four other people have been arrested in her death.
Rocha Romero told the newspaper La Prensa that the woman fell into the fire and a demon exited her body.
The victims’ husband, Reynaldo Peralta Rodriguez, said the mother of two was taken inside a church last week when members thought she was possessed after allegedly trying to attack people with a machete.
According to the BBC, Pablo Cuevas, a spokesman for Nicaragua’s Human Rights Commission, called on the government for firmer control over religious sects in the country.
“It is incredible that these things can happen today, there has to be a review by the authorities into all the different denominations and religions,” he said. “We can’t have things like this happening.”
Women’s rights groups said the case was an example of fanaticism and misogyny.
Juanita Jimenez of the Autonomous Women’s Movement (MAM) told local media that it was also the product of a lack of state presence in isolated parts of the country and an act of barbarity.
“Apart from the religious aspect, nothing justifies an act that is as cruel as burning a woman, putting her on a fire with the help of other people who you have used religion to manipulate,” the activist said.