Girl's parents, tantrik held for confining 6-year old

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Andhra Pradesh
Rajahmundry (AP), Jan 24: A couple has been arrested along with a tantrik for allegedly confining their six-year-old daughter to a room for about a week and branding her with a hot iron as part of a "black magic" ritual at Pithapuram here, police said today.

According to police, the incident had recently taken place and the girl had been locked up in a room by her family to "drive away evil spirits". The tantrik identified as Suresh Cherry allegedly branded the girl with a hot rod.

Neighbours, who had later noticed this, alerted the police. The Pithapuram police arrested priest Cherry last night, while the girl's parents — Kameswara and Sunita -- had been taken into custody on January 21, police said. The accused were produced before a court today. According to police, the girl is undergoing treatment at Pithapuram Government General hospital. Further investigation is on, police said.

PTI

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