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Five people have been arrested on suspicion of brutally murdering a 10-year-old boy in southern Nepal in what reports said likely was a case of human sacrifice to ward off “evil spirits”.

The decomposed body of Jivan Kohar, who had been missing for three days, was recovered from a bush on Friday in Kudiya, a village in the Nawalparasi district, which borders India. Reports indicate that boy’s father confessed slitting his throat “to chase away evil spirits”. The body had been dumped in some brush after the brutal murder. The bizarre and psychotic ritual was apparently done to ward off imaginary evil spirits that were, in the minds of the murderers, preventing rain from falling on their parched crops.

According to the Mirror:

[“The boy’s throat had been cut and local reports said a man had confessed to the killing “to chase away the evil spirits” from his own sick son after seeking advice from a village shaman.

He lured the boy with the help of neighbours (sic) to an isolated place by offering biscuits and promising to pay him just 50 US cents (32p).”]

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