‘Spiritual healer’ burns Pakistani boy with hot coals

Islamabad, Feb 27 (IANS) A “spiritual healer”, in an effort to treat a 15-year-old boy suffering from a prolonged illness, allegedly burned his legs and lower body with hot coals in Pakistan’s Gujranwala, media reported on Monday.

The teenager’s father, a daily wage worker, had taken his son to a local spiritual healer named Yasmeen who allegedly told Hussain she could cure his son’s illness. The boy had been ill for quite some time, his family members told Dawn.

They alleged that Yasmeen had said she would burn a taweez (amulet) that the boy wore with coal fire after which, she claimed, the teenager’s sickness would be cured.

On Sunday, the healer allegedly burned the minor’s lower body with coal fire, resulting in serious burn injuries to the boy.

Nasir was rushed to District Headquarters Hospital following the incident. The doctor told Dawn it was possible the teenager may be suffering from a neurological illness that results in seizures.

Police have registered a First Information Report against Yasmeen and have taken her into custody. An investigation has been launched into the incident.