Islamic Witch Hunts (United Kingdom)

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Women severely injured after hours of being tied to a bed, soaked in holy water and beaten with a cane by an imam in an exorcism watched by family, husband encourages him to hit her harder in order to ‘beat the demon out’

A woman was beaten with a walking stick during a brutal exorcism organised by members of her own family, a court heard.

Asma Hussain was tied to a bed and covered with holy water after relations became convinced she was possessed by a demon, it is alleged.

Her husband Ahmed, 60, summoned the local Muslim preacher to carry out the ceremony and encouraged him to hit his wife harder, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.

Mrs Hussain’s back was described as ‘one massive bruise’ after the cruel and unwarranted attack, in which she also suffered injuries to her face and hands, jurors heard.

Ahmed Hussain, his son Mohammed Kayes Hussain, 28, daughter Salma, 22, daughter-in-law Halima Khatun, 28, and son-in-law Mohammed Aziz, 21, are on trial accused of false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

They are said to have believed that someone had ‘put black magic’ on their victim.

‘It appears that members of Asma Hussain’s family believed that she was possessed by demons,’ said prosecutor Babatunde Alabi.

‘As a result of this belief, it is alleged that they kept her captive in her own home, tying her to a bed in the living room. They also arranged for an imam to carry out an exorcism on her.

‘During the course of the exorcism, she was held down, had water poured all over her and was beaten with a cane.
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The family allegedly looked on as the imam - who has never been traced - threw ‘holy’ water all over Mrs Hussain before whipping her with a walking stick to ‘beat the demon out’, while her husband encouraged him to hit her harder.

‘Asma was tied to the bed while the imam prayed,’ said Mr Alabi.

‘At some stage, with the encouragement of all the defendants, the imam started beating Asma with her husband’s walking stick.

‘This was done, apparently, to “beat the demon out”.

The attack continued into the early hours of the morning, the court heard.