The body of a four-year-old boy was exhumed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on 7 October by the police as part of an investigation to find out the cause of his death after his family claimed that he was killed by a ‘jinn’ (spirit).
Ahmad, 4, went missing two-weeks ago in Somal village in Chilas forest area where he went with his mother in the northern Gilgit-Baltistan region of PoK.
The family believes that the boy had been possessed by supernatural forces, or a spirit, and had even called an exorcist to bring the boy back to life, police officer, Abdul Jabbar, said.
The family also claimed that the ‘jinn’ produced the boy twice when the exorcist was casting a spell, but each time he disappeared.
As the exorcist failed in his mission, the relatives later found Ahmad’s body with marks of torture on 2 October, Friday, in the forest and buried it without registering a case of murder.
The case would have ended then and there, if it were not reported in the media, and alerted police chief Zafar Iqbal Awan. He immediately ordered an investigation to unearth the exact cause of the boy’s death.
“Accompanied by doctors and court officials, the police exhumed the boy’s body for postmortem on 7 October,” said Jabbar.
Gilgit-Baltistan bordering China has many high mountain peaks, which attract tourists and climbers every year. People of this economically and socially backward region still harbour superstitions about jinns, ghosts and fairies.