We have yet another horrific account of a primitive practice leading to the murder of an innocent person. The latest scandal occurred in Nepal Kodai Harijan, a father, admitted that he lured a poor child with a pack of biscuits and 49 cents. He then murdered the 10-year-old child on the alleged advice of a shaman who told him that the death would heal his ailing son.
Jivian Kohar, 10, was found playing with friends in the village and promised the food and money. He was then taken to a temple on the outskirts of the village where the father and other men performed a religious ritual. He was then taken to a field nearby where three people held him down as another slit his throat. His head was almost completely cut off when police found his body.
The village is the home of so called “untouchables” in Nepal — the lowest paid and most abusive sect in the culture. It is also the least educated.
As the father of four, I can see wanting to do anything for one of my children. However, the idea of sacrificing an innocent body to help my son is unthinkable. Yet a group of men followed the advice of this shaman.