"they inflicted as many as 101 cuts on Renu's face and body."
An Indian woman has been arrested for cutting her sister-in-law 101 times. The incident happened in the district of Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.
Police have said it was a supposed exorcism ritual. The woman attacked her sister-in-law because she believed that a sacrifice would lead to the recovery of her ill father.
The suspect was identified as Moni while the victim was named Renu.
It was revealed that on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Moni was helped by her husband Mooli and brother Raju to carry out the act.
Renu was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the district hospital of Uttar Pradesh in a serious condition.
She received two dozen stitches to her face. In total, she received 300 stitches to various parts of her body.
The 30-year-old Indian woman was subsequently arrested and sent to prison. Meanwhile, her husband and brother remain on the run.
According to Inspector Naresh Tyagi, an officer at Baradari Police Station, a complaint was filed by Renu’s brother under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
He said: “We will record Renu’s statements in a day or two once she is stable and in a condition to talk to us. We have sent Moni to jail.”
The inspector went on to say that she had been married since 2012 and her father-in-law had been ill for several months. Inspector Tyagi explained:
“Accused Moni, who practices exorcism, decided to cure her father by initiating the act.
“Going by superstitious beliefs, they inflicted as many as 101 cuts on Renu’s face and body.
“It cannot be ruled out that they wanted to sacrifice her to complete the act.”
On the night of the incident, Moni locked Renu’s husband and mother-in-law in another room when they tried to prevent the ‘exorcism’ from taking place.
Mooli and Raju grabbed the victim, while Moni took a sharp blade and began cutting her.
Throughout the incident, Renu struggled but she was eventually able to escape the house.
She ran for a short distance before collapsing and falling unconscious. It was reported that a patrolling officer had seen her lying on the ground and took her to the hospital.
When she woke up, she told officers that Moni believed that by cutting her sister-in-law 101 times and killing her, it would cure her father’s illness.
Police are waiting for the victim to recover so that she is in a fit state to give more evidence about what happened.
While Moni remains in custody, officers are conducting raids in order to arrest her husband and brother.