35-year-old Kannur native Muhammad Uwais, who is known as a faith healer, caused the death of an 11-year-old girl. Instead of taking her to a hospital, the girl’s father, Abdul Sathar, took her to the faith healer for treatment. Under his custody, the sick girl was made to fast, recite Quran verses, and drink ‘Quran-infused’ water.
In a matter of five days, the girl’s condition only got worse. The father had no other choice but to take her to a hospital. Unfortunately, it was too late and the girl succumbed to her sickness. The post-mortem report stated that she died of infection, fever and anaemia.
Upon hearing the demise of his niece, Abdul’s brother filed a complaint at a police station. He wanted the police to investigate the unnatural death of the 11-year-old girl.
Muhammad Uwais has been very vocal about the bad influence of doctors and hospitals among his followers. He is known to propagate the idea that “Doctors are devils. Hospitals are hells. If you die in a hospital, you will not go to Heaven. So you should never visit hospitals.”
Uwais and Abdul Sathar were taken into custody for investigation. Abdul confessed that Uwais persuaded him not to take his child to the hospital, to which he complied. Uwais, however, has denied the use of sorcery in his practices. The police have filed a case against them with culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code) and punishment for cruelty to a child (Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act).
What’s surprising is that after the news broke out, four unnatural deaths linked to Uwais came into the limelight. Not only that, other faith healers in the district have come under the police’s radar. The Kannur City Police Commissioner commented that their team will investigate all suspicious deaths that occurred in the last seven years in Kannur.
Apparently, people are aware of such practices that take place in the district. The lack of evidence to prove their guilty doings is one of the reasons why actions have not been taken. Hopefully, the shocking death of the 11-year-old girl will tighten investigations against faith healers following unwanted practices.