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Boy, 9, dies after sect 'gagged and lashed him in exorcism to drive out demons'

2020-02-23 Source:Mirror.co.uk Author:Will Stewart

    WARNING: DISTRESSING  CONTENT - The boy was gagged and lashed by members of a Russian religious sect  including his father and later buried in woodland, it is claimed. His parents  are being held on suspicion of murder. 

 

Victim David K died during the alleged exorcism (Image: social media / east2west news) 

  A nine-year-old boy has died after being  whipped by members of a religious sect including his own father who were trying  to "drive out demons", police say. 

  The Russian boy, named only as David K, had a  gag stuffed in his mouth to stop his screams during the attempted exorcism, it  is claimed. 

  His father is alleged to have helped whip the  child with other people from the cult while the boy's mother held him  down. 

  Members of the Disciples of Jesus Christ sect  prayed by his body for two days after he died from the ordeal, seeking to  “resurrect” him. 

 

Zemfira Gainullina recently  posted on Facebook about being 'persecuted' (Image: social media / east2west  news) 

  When this failed, his body was buried in  woodland near a lake in the Yugo-Zapadny district of Yekaterinburg, east of the  Ural Mountains, it is said. 

  A call to police from the child’s aunt led to  the discovery of the boy’s corpse. 

  Both parents are among a number of sect  members detained on suspicion of murder over the horrific case. 

 

Investigators searching the flat  where the boy was killed (Image: e1.ru / east2west news) 

  Forensic experts said he died from asphyxia  and that whip marks were visible on his body. 

  The father and a woman sect leader called  Zemfira Gainullina were detained in Russia. 

  The child’s mother was held in neighbouring  Belarus and Russia is seeking her extradition, according to reports. 

 

The woodland where the boy's body  was found (Image: e1.ru / east2west news) 

  Gainullina posted shortly before she was held:  "Many times we were persecuted for the name of Jesus Christ, but no-one could  blame us for anything, because there was no crime in us. 

  “No-one could forbid us to live the way the  Lord Jesus Christ leads us.” 

  Dr Alexander Neveev, an expert on religious  cults in Russia, said: “In this sect it was believed that sinfulness should be  beaten out of children. 

 

Zemfira Gainullina is the sect's  leader (Image: social media / east2west news) 

  “It was necessary to fight the  devil. 

  “When punishing a child, you should not pay  attention to his or her suffering, because in hell, he or she will suffer even  more. 

  “Of course, a person whose head is filled with  such nonsense is simply not able to understand that a child should not be  hurt.” 

  Source:  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/nine-year-old-boy-dies-20994933 


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