When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Turmeric and Lemons

This is turmeric. We’ll leave the lemons to your imagination.

Ah yes, the scented Orient, where life is cheap, and some lives are cheaper than others. We’ll get to the turmeric and lemons; bear with us.

Four people have been arrested by police in the southeastern Indian state of Karnataka as part of an investigation into the suspected “human sacrifice” of a 10-year old girl to “cure” a paralysed man.

Among the detained is the girl’s neighbour and distant relative, named by Indian daily newspaper The Hindu as Mohammed Wasil, the secretary of a local mosque. The man and his sister had contacted a local “sorcerer” so their brother could be cured of a paralysis suffered following a stroke.

There’s always a Mohammed at the bottom of it, isn’t there?

The sorcerer said a young girl needed to sacrificed within 40 days, and chose 10-year-old schoolgirl Ayesha out of eight other proposed by Wasil. The police arrested the man, his sister, the sorcerer and a 17-year-old boy who helped Wasil abduct the girl.

“There are a few more people who have abetted the crime. We are investigating it from all angles. So more arrests cannot be ruled out,” senior police officer B Ramesh told BBC Hindi.

Wasil confessed to the crime after being interrogated by the police The girl was abducted on 1 March and her body was found two days later in a burlap sack on the outskirts of Magadi, a town 40km west of Bengalore.

Hey, what’s the big deal? His religion is just as culturally valid as yours. Hey, unlike the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was admittedly “post-Christian”, he probably actually believes his stuff.

“The accused took her to a tomb on Hosahalli road and slit her throat after performing a ritual,” said police officer Ramesh Bannoth, as quoted in The Hindu. The police suspect a black magic ritual was involved in her death as turmeric and lemons were found in the bag with the body.

Turmeric and Lemons. Jesus Christ. Well, actually, not Jesus Christ: that Arab imitator guy.

Wasil had participated in the efforts to find the girl and even went with the family to the police station to file a complaint, The Hindu reported. Ayesha’s aunt told the publication: “Wasil even prayed for the girl’s safe return and helped make an announcement about her missing at the nearby mosque.”

Such “black magic” rituals are not uncommon in India, particularly in rural areas where poorly-educated villagers are often persuaded into performing human and animal sacrifices by rogue monks.

via Mosque secretary and sister arrested for murder of 10-year-old girl in Indian ‘human sacrifice’.

Poorly-educated villagers. Rogue monks. Mosque secretaries.

Hey, but all religions are just the same, right?

7 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Turmeric and Lemons

  1. John M.

    “Hey, but all religions are just the same, right?”

    Religions aren’t even the same as themselves. What those guys were doing resembles Saudi Wahabbism about like an avocado resembles a lawyer. The Wahabbis or the Taliban would stone that guy in a hot minute. So, likely, would have Mohammed.

    Though, with that said, this is an instructive case that helps us to understand that most of the “Islam” that gets practiced worldwide, particularly after one exits the Arabic-speaking world, only superficially resembles what appears in the “Islam” chapter in your Comparative Religions textbook.

    -John M.

    1. Tennessee Budd

      True enough. Remember that the Westboro Baptist Church exists, though. There are nutjobs in every religion. I’m just glad that ours, although they are here & there, seem to be more scarce on the ground.

  2. Alan Ward

    Just another example of people using religion as a sop for their baser qualities. Blind obedience to the unconscionable is an example of extremist beliefs. Oddly, this seems to have faded from most of Christianity over the last four hundred years but not from the religion of peace.

    1. Sommerbiwak

      Some say that islam is lagging behind a few hundred years. The arab world at least seems to be in its thirty years war phase sorting itself out.

      Just like catholicism is different locally even more so is islam. Mixed with superstition, folk lore, fairy tales and lack of enlightenment you get these cases.

      There are still exorcisms practiced. Satanists murder people from time to time. And other christian weirdos are out there doing what they believe in. For pretty much the same lack of enlightenment and education.

      Or they just rationalise their behaviour afterwards. Saying that God/Jesus/the holy Ghost/the FSM told them to!

  3. Ken

    I dislike turmeric, food shouldn’t be that yellow. Big fan of the lemon though; lemon, garlic and rosemary, now you got something.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Of those, garlic is indispensable in my “dunno what I’m doing kitchen”. My own “24-hour-sauce” is brewing for family pasta dinner tonight. I upgraded to San Marzano tomatoes (the only thing canned), and tripled my usual load of chopped garlic, onion and pepper (all fresh), and last night I despaired of the consistency of the sauce… this morning, it was transformed. By dinner time it’s going to be heavenly. My chef buddy gave me good pointers after all.

      I think I’ll make long spaghetti or vermicelli for the pasta, and just accept the sacrifice of a tablecloth as the price of making kids grin.

  4. Keith

    I use rosemary and garlic as a spice sometimes too. For what happened to poor girl no punishment is enough. Just cut there throats like he did so they feel there blood pouring out and know they are dying like she did.

    Keep your powder dry and your faith in God.

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