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'Exorcist' performs rituals to revive dead woman at hospital

'Exorcist' performs rituals to revive dead woman at hospital

In a bizarre incident, a self-styled exorcist allegedly performed rituals to bring a dead woman back to life inside the autopsy room of a civil hospital Dahod in Gujarat on Tuesday.

Dahod (Gujarat): In a bizarre incident, a self-styled exorcist allegedly performed rituals to bring a dead woman back to life inside the autopsy room of a civil hospital Dahod in Gujarat on Tuesday.

Janiben Baberia, 35, a tribal woman, had been brought to the hospital in an unconscious state after she was bitten by a snake early on Monday morning at her house in a nearby village.

She was declared as brought in dead by hospital doctors and the body was put in the autopsy room. However, her relatives called in a 'mantrik', hoping that he may be able to revive her by magic.

While he performed mysterious rituals near the body, some local news channels shot it and broadcast the incident even as the hospital officials said such incidents were common in the area.

"Tribals here have many superstitions. Though the woman was declared dead by doctors, her family called in the exorcist with the hope of bringing her back to life," said Dr Sohan Katara of the civil hospital.

"When they fall sick, they prefer to consult such exorcists rather than coming to us. This hospital has all the required facilities but they prefer to consult exorcists. We try our best to educate them about superstitions," he said.

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first published:June 09, 2015, 12:54 IST