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Human sacrifice: 10-year-old Ayesha murdered to ‘cure ailing uncle’

BENGALURU: In a gruesome incident, a ten-year-old girl was murdered allegedly in a suspected case of human sacrifice as part of a witchcraft-related ritual in Ramanagara district in Magadi on Friday.

Ayesha B was the daughter of Muhammad Noorulla and Jameela Banu.

The Class 4 student was reported missing three days before police her body in a canal in Hosahalli with her throat slit open and lemons and turmeric tied around her legs.

Seven people including Mohammed Vaseel, 42, parental uncle of Ayesha, his sister Rashidunnisa, 36, black magician Naseema Taj, 38 and a 17-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the murder.

This perverted scheme originated when Vaseel’s brother Rafiq recently suffered a paralytic stroke. Vaseel and Rashiunnisa approached magician Naseema Taj seeking help to cure Rafiq’s paralysis with her black magic rituals after Rafiq failed to respond to medical treatment.

Taj suggested that Rafiq had been gripped by evil spirits and left paralysed and will not survive if they won’t make a human sacrifice. Therefore, the  killers allegedly used their niece Ayesha for human sacrifice.

“Naseem Taj suggested that Wasil’s brother Mohammed Rafiq could be cured of paralytic stroke if a girl was sacrificed. She had suggested that Rafiq had been “gripped by evil spirits” and paralysed, and to be cured of this, he had to sacrifice a minor girl within 40 days,” the police told to The Hindu.

Image: Southlive (Accused Mohammed Vaseel and Naseema Taj)

When the parents frantically searching the child, the main accused accompanied them and also pray for her safety.
“Wasil even prayed for the girl’s safe return and helped make an announcement about her missing at the nearby mosque, said Reshma Taj, Ayesha’s aunt.

All relatives of the deceased confessed to the crime during interrogation, Magadi police said.